Had a story like this fallen in the hands of a less capable director/writer it would most likely be unbearable to sit through. As Woody recycles his favorite themes yet again, it's still a rather basic romantic comedy with both romance and comedy sweetened to the point that'll certainly reject a more critical viewer. But with a couple of sequences, notably featuring Firth reexamining himself, worthy of a praise.
The only way for a reasonable person to feel pleasure in life is to get confused. Temporarily confused by doubts over human limitations and fish-water-changing-by-who sort of philosophical cliché... Unfortunately pessimism goes dancing with the fact, extract through reason, that: "happiness is not suitable for the human condition". The confusion Allen keeps going for is romance. The guy never stopped being romantic.
While it was a bit creepy that an old man like Collin Firth was so flirtatious with a young woman like Emma Stone, this was a lot of fun to watch. I had pretty low expectations for this. The psychic scenes were pretty intense. The last scene in the movie was very nerve-wrenching because you really weren't sure if they would end up getting together. There was some cliché sappiness, but it was unique for the most part.
Well, you know, some films come along at just the right moment in your life when you need a particular kind of film for a particular kind of feeling and this film has done that for me. Yes, I am biased anyway (lifelong Woody Allen fan) but that by no means belittles what this film has done to ameliorate my precarious mental state! Loved it for that reason and that reason alone. Not much of a review but there you go!