Likable little multi-genre film, balancing suspense and marital drama so nonchalantly it's both alluring and disappointing. Because in the end it's hard to grasp anything more profound than just a semi-parody of classical crime films, with a few knowing and too blatantly put cinematic references. Which is not all bad, given that it's not a bad slice of humor, but could have excelled with some extra writing put to it.
Empty-nesters get bored of life alone so they go to a movie - or is that they make a movie? The act of narrative construction weaves between fairly standard affair fare, and then comes audio editing and Welles as if it wasn't evident enough. The resolution is a bit too kind to 'lightweight reading', but maybe escapism IS essential for our love lives. Enjoyable, slight.
This is very likable, I laughed-out loud several times. One of the better Woody-Allen-movies although less (or for my taste not enough) relationship-oriented or to say 'hidden under the murder mystery storyline'. Very good dialogues, intelligently written & you never know until the end: is there a murder mystery, or not? Great entry with "I happen to like New York"! Mrs. Keaton's wardrobe was disappointing for me.
The perfect movie to watch with your loved one. "My life is passing in front of my eyes. The worst part is I'm driving a used car." ; "Claustrophobia and a dead body. This is a neurotic's jackpot." ; "Couldn't you keep the conversation going longer? I was signaling you. - I was trying to be neighborly. Neighborly? If this guy showed me his stamps one more time... My favorite thing is to look at cancelled postage."
At times the quickfire repartee grates but there are also some classic Allen-style laugh out loud moments. Keaton makes a welcome return, her reactions and physical comedy at the heart of the film. Structurally interesting too, the way Allen uses the excitement of the chase to expose the marriage cracks. Overall not top tier Allen but entertaining nevertheless.
A movie constituted from one emotion can be brilliant. Very theatrical while all the dialogues and conversations are nothing more than excellently normal. And yes, we are always constructing scenes, most of them are dramatic, and yet those bombs are ready to explode.
Enjoyable and funny. This felt like the sort of film a filmmaker makes to elaborate on a theme or to provide diversity to a body of work that has become predictable without really wanting to break the pattern of what they have made before; but I really liked moments of this film. Woody Allen keeps all of the funny lines for himself. The plot is flimsy but it holds up for just about long enough.