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futility with comfort is presented bluntly and unflinchingly. if you
resonate with the philosophy and the general tenor of woody Allen's
matured take on life, then it's a non-stop chuckle from start to
finish. despite the fundamentally bleak view of human life (and humanity) it still finds and retrieves a positive way out (as summarised in the title).
not sure why Allen offered the part to David instead of just doing it himself - in any event, both do their job brilliantly. very simply done, the craft is sharp and scintillating - a diamond. possibly helps if you're close to Allen's and David's current age bracket too.
as for negative comments in certain quarters about it being 'unnatural' - yes, it's art!
Of Woody Allens more recent films I'd give Small Time Crooks 4 out of 5, Curse of the Jade Scorpion 4 out of 5, Anything Else 4 out of 5, Melinda and Melinda 3 out of 5, Matchpoint 3 out of 5, Scoop 4.5 out of 5, Cassandara's Dream 1 out of 5, Vicky Christina Barcelona 2 out of 5, and Whatever Works 4.2 out of 5.
It's also the first film of his where gay men have featured at all, and is further gay-friendly in the form of the young suitor who makes his play for the young ingenue, who is possibly the sexiest male character to appear in a Woody Allen film to date ... well, there have been Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Xavier Bardem too, and then Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell, all since 2005 ... but no hint of male gayness in the films to play off against them as here (there is a lesbian theme in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but it seems to be more in the male projection mode, really).Read more ›
Despite it's flaws; this is a delight from start to finish. another of Allen's subtle, easy-going romantic comedies with a good dose of philosophy added; a type of film which he can write in his sleep.
This time pessimistic Larry David invites naive Evan Rachel Wood to stay after she arrives in New York from the south. She takes on his world view that life is pointless but eventually realises that even if this is so you may as well be part of life and not withdraw from it; whatever works to make you happy is the simple message of the film.
David may be the lead but it is Wood's quirky hicksville comes to big city character that steals the film. The arrival of her parents save it; Woody switching his hatred of the east coast to the south; basically saying that all southerners are sexually repressed!
However I did find Larry David's character a little unrealistic (uhum Woody would have done so much better 15 years ago) while I couldn't really understand Wood's later attraction to the smug Cavill!
Some may see it as a contrived storyline to push the philosophy of the film which while on the one hand is true this shouldn't be seen as a negative.
A delight but nothing special.
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an unexpected heart-warmer with the king of making you uncomfortable...Published 2 months ago by Gary Thompson
Arrived quickly. Everything as described. Couldn't be better.Published 11 months ago by David Perkins
Watched a couple of times now, i wasn`t bowled over the first time but a second helping proved worthwhile. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson