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Movie overall 7
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
12 February 2011
Conclusion: If nothing else, Woody Allen has assembled a fantastic cast for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger , and all of them play their parts with a genuine feel and passion for the material that always has been and promises to continue to be a hallmark of Allen's films.
Excerpt: One night, Alfie wakes up with a sudden wave of panic over thoughts of mortality. Abandoning Helena, his wife of forty years, Alfie sets out to relive the pleasures of his youth. Devastated, Helena tries to kill herself, and then, finding no consolation from medicine and therapy, seeks out the help...
Excerpt: The Film Woody Allen pulls off one of his more solid pieces of work in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger . The lighthearted look at an estranged elderly couple and their daughter who is flirting with divorce is a train wreck, but one that isn't too painful to watch.
Conclusion: 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger' isn't great writing, and even the superb acting found within fails to hold the film up as its runtime feels twice as long as it actually is. It's full of quirky insights and interesting characters, but far too many conveniently dark twists that never work out...
Excerpt: "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" marks the 40th motion picture for writer/director Woody Allen. It's wonderful to see the filmmaker step up with a new picture every year, but when he misses, Allen knocks himself to the ground.
Excerpt: Woody Allen’s latest effort, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger , opens with Shakespeare’s famous Macbeth quote about life being “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Excerpt: We have a tendency as filmgoers to take Woody Allen for granted. The fact that he is still chugging away, knocking out a film a year at 74 years old, is indeed impressive, and one frequently marvels at not only the consistent quality of his work, but the relative indifference when he hits pay...
Excerpt: The grass is always greener it seems, as the characters follow their hearts looking for love, or forget their senses and succumb to lust. "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" is fun but it is also a little frantic with the pace of the action matching the upbeat jazz soundtrack.
Conclusion: Woody Allen's fourth London outing can't match Matchpoint's better moments - despite a cast similarly loaded with stereotypes - but does improve on Cassandra's Dream. Still no signs of the master re-living past glories, but more than worthwhile for Allen diehards.
Summary: Woody Allen’s ‘latest’ is from 2010, finally making its way Kiwi-side three years after its Cannes debut. Set in London, Woody’s lens follows two generations of related married couples as they negotiate desire, deceit, jealousy and ambition.