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Wednesday, June 10, 2009


It's as simple as this: Fans of Woody Allen's old comedies will be in for a giant treat. If you are not too familiar with his old stuff like Annie Hall and Manhattan, you may not enjoy it as much.

What we have here is another odd love-ish story about Boris Yellnikoff. It's Larry David basically playing Woody Allen. He's uptight, quirky, neurotic, and absolutely ridiculous. It seems to me, that this was a part Allen had written for himself, but never got to play. Or, who knows, maybe he just felt nostalgiac about the characters he used to play, and thought David would work.

And you know what? He does. I can't think of a better person to play an Allen type character. One of the main reasons this movie was such fun is because Larry David, while playing the least likable character, still made a movie worth watching. See, Jody Hill, you can have a douchebag hero, and still have a good movie.

Beyond David, Evan Rachel Wood is also great. I didn't know she had comedic timing in her, but she does, and it's great to see.

The other reason it's so great is because of Woody Allen's direction. Man, what a director. I love the way he shot this movie. David narrates straight to the camera, making the movie much more involving. A great choice by Allen. I also love the way he incorporates New York City. Like all his movies, he makes it look like another character in the movie. Absolutely great.

I don't want to talk about the plot too much, because it's very quirky and fun, and it relies on the surprises it presents.

So, I'll say it again. If you are a fan of Woody Allen's old comedies, you will love this. The only thing that could have possibly made this better, would be if Allen himself had played the title role. After all these intense thrillers and dramas Allen has been putting out, it's nice and refreshing to see a comedy like this. I loved Sleeper and Broadway Danny Rose, so to me this was, as I said, a treat. Hopefully, you will feel the same way. But I've been told Woody Allen is an acquired taste.

Hey, whatever works.

4 stars

Whatever Works hits theaters July 1.


Anonymous said...

Whee!! I can't wait to see this now! You obviously have good taste - I LOVE Broadway Danny Rose - so your review was most pleasing to read!

Anonymous said...

Actually, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Broadway Danny Rose, hannah and Her Sisters and Zelig (my favorite Woody Allen movie of all) were among Woody's newer old comedies. The original ones - Take The Money And Run, Bananas, Sleeper, Love and Death - are what we old-schoolers call Woody's old movies - and the best. Also, to see a guy way ahead of his time, check out 'What's Up Tiger Lily'?

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