Thursday, October 2, 2008

Movie Review of Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Vicky Cristina Barcelona - 4.5/10
Directed by Woody Allen
Cast - Javier Bardem,Scarlett Johannson,Penelope Cruz,Rebecca Hall

Plot Summary
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Review
Annie Hall was and will always be my favourite Woody Allen movie.Take the money and run irritated the shit out of me when I first watched it.The one thing I really like about Woody Allen's movies is the script,its funny,sarcastic and witty.The last few recent Woody Allen movies haven't been as good as his old ones.And VCB is one of them.Maybe Other Woody Allen fans will like it but I definitely don't.Despite a good cast,there were alot of acting uncertainities.There have been a few times when you can see the actress appearing confused and accidentally looking at the camera especially Patricia Clarkson.Javier Bardem was cool and acted in a very non chalant approach which worked well for this movie(He was awesome in No country for old men by the way).Again this is yet another movie which Scarlett Johannson fails to act.This despite she is Woody Allen's current muse.in almost every scene she has that fucking "keanu Reeves" look which did get on my nerve.Rebecca Hall was much better than Scarlett but there is room for improvement for her as you can still see she isn't really a natural actress but the type that is hardworking and will probably do better as she has more experience.The scene stealer for VCB is definitely Penelope Cruz.I never liked any of her movies cause she is fuck all.Only in Blow,was she amazing in it.As I figured,Penelope Cruz should do more bad guy roles or psychotic roles.She really excels in it.Kudos to Penelope Cruz.

Woody Allen's direction was bad.the worst was the camera work,very amateurish.Editing was good in this movie.I didn't really like the plot especially the ending.The cinematography was nice,you get to see alot of scenic views of Barcelona.

Worth watching during the week days,if you are a Woody Allen fan.If not don't bother watching this movie at all,cause you will probably hate it.

Best Quote
Juan Antonio: Maria Elena used to say that only unfulfilled love can be romantic.

Recommended movies by the director
Annie Hall
Manhattan
Take the money and run

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