i should write my next film essay about film episodes featuring unstable women and cacti (in a decision making scene (kramer vs kramer) almendros rhymed meryl streep with a cactus, melinda in a breakdown scene is standing near a giant multibranched cactus tree)
Melinda and Melinda should be seen as if a critique to the way Allen's films are structured, especially with the likes of Manhattan swinging between comedy to tragedy consistently throughout. Mitchell plays her dual-role with the care needed, but Ferrell captures the neurotic vibes typical of an Allen-like performance precisely and Ejiofor is so suave too, it is a shame Allen never used either of them after the film.
Well conceived, but poorly executed. It comes out as a far-fetched tragedy with a bunch of humorous intermissions. There is hardly anything dramatic regarding the tragic part of the story, while the comedy really does feel like a little baby brother trying to catch up. Pretentious dinner table discussions summing up the two, hardly help. Interesting set of characters is what pulled this one out of mediocrity.
- "I just wanted to say, that I am a Liberal."
-" you mean politically, or in bed?"
-" politically, but i just wanted to say that in bed, I'm a left-wing liberal"
BAM! four starts. P.S. I'll always go with comedy
Gradevolissima commedia di Allen,che dipinge a doppio binario il ritratto di una donna nevrotica e un pò romantica,figlia di un'era in cui tutto viene messo continuamente in discussione ed in cui anche l'amore da certezza diviene solo una prospettiva di punti di vista:come la vita,tragica o comica.L'ironia è sottile e amara,ma il pessimismo non è mai acido,vira sempre verso il malinconico. 3,5*