hilarious! honestly just wish woody allen could stay in the director's seat - my skin crawls at his attempts to be sexy, at the thought of him imagining his own sex appeal to be so strong that the world wants to see him seducing beautiful, iconic women...bleh
Allen at his best. Both the character development and the arc of the story are truly complex and believable, using beautiful and daring narrative and cinematographic resources. This is a beautiful piece of theatrical story telling, with the benefit of a true and solid artistic point of view.
It's hard to get past the notion of Woody reinventing his own neurosis and sexual deviations (in an unimpressive faux-documentary this time) within every single character, and tangling up the plot just to follow some personal already-seen dilemmas rather than any open discussion on the topic. Davis-Pollack relationship in particular, worked well for the story, but at the price of a hardly convincing resolution.
One of Woody Allen's very best; great dialogues and complex reflection on relationships and marriage. Really interesting use of handheld camera for most of the film, with the camera becoming a character itself and shaping the events with its movements. Thank you, Woody!
Allen: "Pick up the camera, forget about the dolly, just hand-hold the thing, and get what you can...And then, don't worry about color correcting it, don't worry about mixing it so much, don't worry about all this precision stuff and just see what happens. When you feel like cutting, just cut."
It's certainly picked up an added subtext given the scandal of the last 25 years. But even if Allen and the Farrows hadn't blown up the internet with a complicated, unwinnable debate, this'd still be one of his most brilliant, corrosively honest films, a look at lies we tell ourselves (sometimes with good reasons, sometimes not) and the elusiveness of lasting satisfaction. And he gave the most soulful role to Mia.