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Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by
Sony Pictures Classics
The line that Roy uses to court Sally ("So much depends on a red wheelbarrow glazed with rainwater beside the white chickens") is actually a poem by William Carlos Williams. It's unclear whether Sally's character knew that or whether Roy stole it for himself (setting up a bit of foreshadowing). See more »
It is raining hard when Ray takes Ria to lunch, but dry as they approach the apartment building. See more »
Woody Allen's hilarious, inspired new romantic comedy is probably the funniest film to come out in many a month. The film's structure, however, plays out more like a Shakespearian tragedy. The nameless, bodiless narrator even quotes Macbeth to sum up the events of movie. The characters that are on a one way course to destruction, however, is classic Allen, and he creates awkward and hilarious plot-lines that all lead to a free fall of fantastic comedy.
The Grand Hotel-esque plot follows different stories of an extended family living in England. An aging, arguing couple, the wife's recently divorced parents, and all the people they end upyou guessed ithaving affairs with. Some of these "affairs" stay in the character's mind, while others break up weddings, but everyone is constantly in love with someone else.
The all star cast works wonders with Woody Allen's tight, smart script which may be the best so far this year. Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts are a couple who are having increasing marital troubles. Brolin has a PhD in medicine, but gave up working so he could become a writerexcept his past three books have sucked. Watts gave up her career as an artist and works at an art gallery to support her husband until he (hopefully) makes it big. Watt's mother who is having a lot of trouble adjusting to the divorce is played fantastically by Grema Jones. Her only consolation is going to a fortune teller who continuously says things are going to get better. Anthony Hopkins is arguably the best part of the film, playing an old man who is trying to relive his glory days of being a hip young manbut it's not going so well. Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, and Freida Pinto are all fantastic as outside love interests, making for a marvelously ridiculous movie.
This comedy touches on a lot of subjects, particularly aging and how life can seem like it's slipping away from you one moment, then completely collapsing on top of you the next. All the characters are panicking one way or another because they feel that they are getting too old for life. These parts of the movie will fly over younger viewers' heads (such as this reviewer), but nearly everyone knows how it feels to see the cracks starting to spread in one's life. By the time Hopkins' character realizes his bimbo new wife has taken all of his money and he still loves his ex, she has moved on. Also, according to her fortune teller, she has lived many times before. When Brolin has a grand idea to publish a book, the dead almost literally come back to haunt him.
Woody Allen creates a smart, deep comedy that encompasses a lot of uncertainties of life. Maybe the fortune teller is a fraud, but that doesn't stop her from being right for most of the film. The movie pokes fun at the idea of reincarnation, but at the same time, it just as easily supports the concept. As with all Allen movies, the actions of moral-less people in a moral-less world come back to bite them by some moral thing, whatever you choose to think that is.
The characters are upper class, like in many of Woody Allen's movies. They are well off and have good jobs and obviously a decent supply of money, and should really have nothing to complain about. The couple would be able to pay rent if they didn't live in such a huge apartment. Regardless, they manage to screw everything up as thoroughly as the rest of us, and it is hilarious every step of the way. The film ends more of a mess than it began, and what a glorious mess it is.
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