Wednesday, February 3, 2010

reveiw: Annie Hall

This movie was kinda "just so"
Don't get me wrong, I liked it. It is something everyone should at least see once. Woody Allen is a bit of a genius with his kind of comedy. I couldn't watch him do stand-up or anything like that, but I love his sense of humor - especially when he steps out of reality. This movie certainly has a lot of names in it. Even a brief encounter with Christopher Walken. His role is hilarious.
It's relationships and how they work and how they don't and a really welcome to our times kind of feeling. Have you ever noticed that relationships get more and more complicated as time goes on? Nothing ever seems to work out well in modern movies. I usually hate that, but this is an exception. I don't mind it at all in this film. The ending is brilliant, and for a comedy, it has a wonderful serious tone. The song "Seems Like Old Times" is a bit of a gem, and there are several exchanges and scenes in there that are just laugh out loud hilarious.
Apparently, this movie started out to be a murder mystery, but was turned into a romantic comedy. Hmmmm. There are several other production notes that are of interest. Read about it on wikipedia - it's just as zany as the movie is.
It won Oscars for Leading Actress (Keaton), Writing, Picture, and Director (Allen), although he did not win for Best Actor. AFI also honored this movie a lot. It is on both of the Top 100 lists. It is also #4 in the 100 Laughs list, #11 in the 100 Romances list, the song "Seems Like Old Times" is #90 in Top 100 Songs, the "La-dee-da, La-dee-da" was ranked #55 in the list of Top Quotes, and was #2 in the Top 10 Romantic Comedies.
So, it's earned it's status, but for me it was just so. A good so, but just so.
3 out of 5 stars

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