Oscar-winning account of the lives of three sisters — beautiful but lovelorn Lee, black sheep Holly, and always agreeable, even-tempered Hannah — and their families over the course of three Thanksgiving gatherings.
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Boring visuals, boring characters, and a completely pointless narrative. I have such difficulty getting into much of Allen's films after Manhattan. I found the message of this film almost insulting. Extremely disappointed.
If this is one of Allen's most brutally honest films, the ramifications are discomforting. It's an acknowledgement of the inner lives of others and the torment we'd put them through regardless. Farrow worried there was a little too much of Allen in the script - I'd even say the film. His presence is out of synch, an addition that too neatly wraps up the mess his characters make of life. But his career echoes as much.
Like most of Allen's older films, ideal to watch on rainy Sunday afternoon when the themes of monogamy, unfaithfulness, lust and hypochondria are more appropriate to break with comedic excesses of Oscar deserved Michael Caine, misanthropic Max von Sydow and eternally lost Woody with a few jazz cues, little Bach, less punk and a lot of New York. Voice overs add even more challenge for actors to express with their eyes
Allen hit incredible mature form in the mid 1980s with a series of films which were stylistically diverse but all distinguished by a compassionate and intelligent humanism. He would later disparage the optimism of this particular piece but to my mind it is one of his best. Structurally and tonally it just works, beautifully combining situation comedy with melodrama. Some great performances too. Truly heartwarming.