The old Jazz maestro sing his note again. Even though it's cheesy, crude, and overly-dramatic, It still manage to swing my heart to set loose for a dance. In this nasty and unfair world, you need a lie or two to lead a happy life. Was it a "real happiness" ?, BAH! truth is endlessly debatable anyway. As Kierkegaard put it ; "find your own truth and your meaningful life" Ignore reasons and take your leap of faith!
Starts out well but runs into a brick wall about halfway through. Colin Firth is dapper, sarcastic and quick on the draw, but nothing comes of it. Best moment: one scene where the psychoanalyst describes Firth's character, but it's as if he's describing Woody Allen himself.
3. Absolutely delicious! Real magic :) Woody Allen in great verve, especially with the lines, but also the script, decor, wardrobe etc.: an intellectual fairytale. Could seem simple, perhaps, but, as a matter of fact, it is quite a sophi(e)sticate movie. Of course, it is much Woody rewind, but so what? As long as he's genuine. He invented a style, almost a film genre - and this is Woody Allen genre at its best.
Woody Allen hasn't lost his humour, nor his pessimistic philosophy, nor his cinematic abilities: he just got lazy as hell, always recycling himself, film after film. Though better than almost all the films I watched from this year, it is a minor Allen, with very few dramatic ideas and too much discoursive, boring dialogue. Sometimes funny, sometimes beautiful (the scene at the observatory), it is rarely convincing.
'C'est un film simple sur des choses compliquées' || Altough not as good as Godard's - Le Mépri, I feel like this is the perfect description for this new Woody Allen's flick. Altough the beautiful mise-en-scene doesn't hurt in the process, it's all in the amusing dialogue
Tedious. The trend of Allen following a brilliant picture (Blue Jasmine) with a dud continues with this weak, under-written and miscast comedy. Stone is far from comfortable here and the May-December romance between her and Firth is simply ridiculous. Films only saving grace is the warm cinematography from master Darius Khondji , game turns by Eileen Atkins and Simon McBurney and a brief cameo by Ute Lemper.