You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

MV5BMTkzOTI3MTE0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTg3NDI3Mw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, Lucy Punch, Freido Pinto, Pauline Collins, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

Alfie (Hopkins) decides to leave his wife Helena (Jones) because he doesn’t want to be old. Helena seeks emotional help from a fortune teller called Cristal. Alfie seeks out a much younger woman and marries her. Their daughter, Sally, has problems with her own marriage to Roy. He’s a frustrated writer who’s waiting to hear from publishers about his new book. She’s a frustrated woman wanting more from her husband than he can give. Roy looks to another woman, Sally develops feelings for her boss. Not everyone gets what they want. In fact, it could be argued that they get what they deserve.

I saw a comment on a film review website in which the reviewer asked “how many times do you want to watch the same Woody Allen movie?” I agree that it’s not a stand out film for Allen, but I actually enjoy the familiar elements that come out in every one of his movies. I look forward to seeing what different actors can do with an average script – the acting in this film was better than the script.

Lucy Punch plays Charmaine, Alfie’s new young wife, and she is excellent, her dialogue faultless.  Let’s see some more of her in leading roles. Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’ mother in the BJ Diary films) is devine and is the essential, pivotal, neurotic character. Watts also gives a good performance as Sally. Brolin is an odd choice, but Anthony Hopkins definitely works as Alfie.  A ‘must see’ movie for Woody Allen fans, and a ‘don’t knock yourself out’ for everyone else.

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Posted on 05/08/2013, in the whole rom com list, woody allen rom coms and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.

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