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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
Sound & Vision Magazine
8 February 2011
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 of a fortune teller, Cristal. Before long, Helena finds the tranquility she seeks by surrendering all her thoughts and actions to Cristal's guidance.
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. The characters, who can be a bit overly-developed, are comedic in nature. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) leaves his wife in a fit of mid-life crisis.
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 like they're supposed to.
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. "Dark Stranger" represents one of the more myopic screenplays he's ever churned out, stopping time with a film that isn't a comedy and barely registers as a drama.
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.” Allen likely intends the quote to be a wry, self-deprecating commentary on the human foibles viewers are about to witness.
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 dirt--i.e.
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. Hhis upcoming Midnight in Paris sports a cast every bit as good as this one in both name recognition and talent; here's hoping that film is as charming as this one, just with a few of the wrinkles ironed out.
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. There's a lot going on in this social comedy, leaving the story a little crowded. Everybody meets somebody.
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. Neither ribald comedy nor dark tragedy, Allen employs a deft lightness of touch to deal with big issues of fidelity, faith, fraudulence and fate.