Thursday, January 8, 2009

What am I missing?

I'm making a concerted effort to fill in some of my gaps when it comes to films. In that vein, I watched Woody Allen's Manhattan. Here's the good:
1. It was great to see Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton and Mariel Hemingway all looking so striking. They are all stunning women, and in this movie they could all stop traffic.
2. The city is even prettoer. I liked how well the movie portrayed a feel of the city.
The bad:
1 (and only 1). I just don't get Woody Allen. What am I missing here? I get the story and I get how its kind of entertaining, but I find Allen so repulsive generally that it is hard to get beyond that. All the whining and the manipulation of other characters. I see value in its honesty, but mostly I just want to reach out and smack his character in this film. From snippets of his other films that I've seen, I think I'd get the same feeling no matter which one I'm watching. Is there some great film of his that will change my mind?

1 comment:

Allison said...

Hm, my partner is a huge Woody Allen fan so we own two box sets of his work. I was hesitant at first, I'll admit - but he grew on me ;]

I feel like most people enjoy Annie Hall, have you seen that one?