A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark – Alvy Singer
Woody Allen’s Annie Hall is about neurotic Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) trying to figure out what went wrong with his relationship with commercial actress-singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
The script of this movie is fantastic. I actually watched this movie because I heard that this movie was path breaker in cinema and that movies like (500) Days of Summer were possible because of this flick. The acting is superb. Diane Keaton and Woody Allen are awesome in their roles. The movie does have a very non-conventional approach, with subtitles showing what the characters are really thinking, the leads getting transported to the past, Alvy talking to the camera, etc.
The movie tackles questions regarding philosophy, love and shows us that love is a banana peel that we all have to step on and fall. The movie also takes on the discrimination against Nazis and various social issues and believe me, it is very relate-able. The score doesn’t have much effect as it should have in this movie and the editing feels soppy even though the movie is less than 100 minutes long. The cinematographer does a decent job but Wood Allen’s direction is laudable. I always find it difficult to think that someone can go out there and act and still the direct the movie. But, like Ben Affleck, Allen has also got it right.
But was it as good as I expected it to be? No. Let us see where it went wrong. The jokes started falling flat from the beginning itself and that really affected the movie. There are some good jokes, but the bad ones outweigh them. I guess if it could have been more funnier, it could have been more on the lines of (500) Days of Summer. The movie started lagging and sort of began feeling like a philosophical discussion than the popcorn fare. Don’t get me wrong, I love such movies too but there is a desperate attempt by Allen to try to make this movie hilarious which sort of fails.
Even though it is below the 100 minutes run time mark, I still feels like it lagging and the main fault of the movie was that sort of made Annie look like a bitch. Like, Alvy got into singing which made her successful, Alvy made her more intelligent and conscious and Alvy even paid for her goddamned analytical sessions and then she took all the benefits and dumped him. Yeah, the movie makes her look like a complete bitch which (500) Days of Summer, a flick that was inspired and sort of followed along the same lines as that of Annie Hall, successfully averted.So, I guess it wasn’t that great after all.
So folks, Annie Hall is a good movie but not a great one as often presented. Allen and Diane do the best they can but the unsuccessful humor and lagging scenes outweighed their performances and turned this movie into an average fare, although it needs to appreciated for its non-conventionalism and that superb animation scene.
Rating: 7.8 / 10
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