As a teenager in the 80s, I loved Woody Allen movies and devoured Annie Hall, Sleeper, Bananas, Love and Death, Manhattan etc. I loved the wit, the zinging humour, the intelligence. But it's been decades since I watched one of his films before I just rewatched Annie Hall and I was taken aback by how much I disliked it.
I still enjoyed the wit and one-liners and the lovely Diane Keaton, but everything else left me cold. And Woody Allen just left me repulsed. He is a vile creep throughout and the numerous love-making scenes with various women are physically revolting. Somehow the teenage me was too besotted with Allen's bon mots and intellect, but now he comes across as predatory and his constant high-brow commentary comes across as pretentious and a slightly desperate attempt to pad out a film that really could have been 60 minutes long.
Add in the fact there is no storyline or plot to speak of, just a sequence of opportunities for one-liners and gags, none of the relationships or friendships is remotely realistic, the politics and social commentary have not aged well, there are long periods of utter tedium (like the Annie singing sequences) and this is not the classic I remembered or that others have touted. At all.