CAN: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson
Review by Deke Richards
PLOT: A romantic
comedy about two young female American tourists visiting
CRITIQUE: Alright. So I get off the plane, straight from
After all I was always a fan of the “Allen Man” (as I call him), specially his early work like “Bananas” (You got to love Stallone’s cameo in it), “Crime and Misdemeanors” and even “Deconstructing Harry.” And taking into account VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA's subject matter (two shameless sex driven hot chicks played by Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz), I expected great things from this one.
Like all Woody Allen movies, his characters were in the forefront here. They were well developed, always compelling and highly amusing. That resulted in me getting some good laughs at the expense of the circumstantial humor at hand, mostly centered around the great Javier Bardem and the cute Penelope Cruz. Cruz actually deserves my added kudos for this role! She literally stole the show as the insane jealous ex-wife. I loved the "her crashing Johansson's and Bardem's soiree" scene. Very funny!
The solid use of the
Basically when the film was over and the credits started rolling, I said to myself: "That's it?". The stakes were just too low even, for a light hearted story like this one. In my opinion this feature was missing a third act and by result it was lacking. Then again, Woody Allen wrote a play called “GOD” written in two acts which kind of explains this structure to a certain degree. Doesn't mean I have to like it. All in all, if you like a good character driven story, with some visually soothing "National Geographic" like shots, sumptuous cinematography and a steamy lesbian scene, well this one might be for you. But if you like ample depth in your storylines from the “Allen Man,” go old school and see “Annie Hall” again (or “Bananas”)!