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One of Woody's Best Acting Performances.
on 10 May 2015
Yes, this definitely has similarities to ‘Stardust Memories.’
One of the main differences is the deep colour palette used here ( not particularly good on the normal DVD) compared to the crisp B&W of the former.
There are many excellent performances here. Woody is at his most, expressively arm waving, excuse riddled - it’s not my fault, endearing best!
There are two wonderful cameos here from the ladies: Lucy’s (Judy Davies) rant early doors is brilliant, but even this is topped by Joan’s (Kirsty Alley) rant ( complete with bemused client) at the office. I’ll say no more than that, even the old dears are at it, in a scene called, The Dark Secret,’ it’s all top comedy and written by the best script writer that there is?
There are also plenty of stars joining in the fun – Robin Williams - very briefly, Demi Moore & Billy Crystal to name but a few. I did find the dialogue in one later scene between Crystal & Woody very distasteful - very unusual for a Woody script, though again, unusually, this film is filled with bad language!
As with ‘Stardust’, this is not a particularly easy plot to follow, it contains flashbacks from the 'personal' storylines of his books - about himself and his partners - though these are played by other actors, fantasy sequences and other comedy sketches thrown in for good measure.! It’s a hoot of course, but my preference is for ‘Stardust,’ as it was first, and the ‘close up’ cinematography was stunning and quite clearly very memorable!