Movie Review: You will meet a tall dark stranger

By Drum Digital
15 December 2010

Rating 3/5

Comedy. With Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts.

Director: Woody Allen. 13L. Opens 31 December.

What’s it about?

A group of people’s lives cross when a neurotic mother – whose husband is leaving her for a younger woman – asks a fortune teller for help.

Who will enjoy it?

Anyone who thinks Woody Allen is the cat’s whiskers – and no one else. Younger movie fans may get bored with a bunch of urbanites talking non-stop about their anxieties and neuroses, which is what most of Allen’s comedies consist of. The humour is dry and witty and there are a few one-liners you’ll want to frame and hang on your wall. As usual, the actors are in top form, challenged with bringing an excellent script with fully-rounded characters and believable dialogue to life. So, if you’re familiar with Allen’s movies you’ll know what to expect – and if you’re a fan you’ll lap this one up.

Wait for DVD?

Yes you can, because it’s being screened only in arthouse cinemas. If there isn’t one near you, take out the DVD and have good laugh. Allen’s neurosis is as well-oiled as the engine of a sports car. But if you’ve never seen a film of his, beware – it’s an acquired taste.

Similar films

Hannah and Her Sisters; Play it Again, Sam.

Popcorn fact

* It’s the first Woody Allen film not produced by Charles Joffe, who died recently.

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