I do question my life, when at the age of 27 I am watching Annie Hall for the first time?!
It’s a firm favourite already and I fell head over heels in love with everything about this film. The Directing, Woody, Diane, New York, their love, E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. When I get to writing on this blog, I never write to try and persuade people to see certain films, but rather share the films that I love and what I love about them. However, if I were to try and persuade you to see a film, this would be it.
Its poetic and realistic all in one breath… If I were to put it in a genre, I’d call it a “portrait of love” because its not just romantic, and its not just a comedy, but it has the elements of both and so much more in between.
For me, its up there with the likes of Funny Girl and The Way We Were, the films that make you feel love, not just tell you about them. The films that make you experience the full spectrum of human emotion. The films that make you want to visit a city, read a book, listen to an album, open old diaries, write in new ones…The films that make you want to fall in love…Annie Hall is all of this and so much more.
One film that I mentioned wanting to REALLY see was YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. I have to say I was hugely torn over this one… It wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t what I expected and I left quite disappointed. The story wasn’t fleshed out enough, the conflict not convincing enough and the ending was very half-hearted and felt thrown together.
I left not really caring what happened to any of the characters. This is such a great shame, as I don’t think that is meant to be the case! Mark Duplass’ character shines above and beyond the others and his skill for improvisation is so natural, I would’ve thought it was all completely scripted… And then there was Emily Blunt. Generally I’m a big fan of her’s and as good of an actress as she is, she is no Meg Ryan in the unscripted stakes. Please note, in When Harry Met Sally, the unscripted moments between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are what makes the film great!! In this film, I felt at times it was what let the story down and disconnected me from what was happening.
The cinematography swayed between art house and soft romance, which left me at a bit of a loss also. Nothing in the film felt anchored, sure, or convincing beyond belief; yet everything was set up to have us believe we were voyeurs in these people’s very real lives.
I almost want to give this film a second chance, to prove me wrong, to change my mind. OR you can go and see it and let me know what you think….
After months of searching, I’ve found my dream job, where I get to work in Film… All day, every day - my life is all about film…. except, somehow I haven’t had time to sit down and write about any of the films I’ve seen, or am keen to see and recently I’ve realised just how much I have missed writing about films. This is almost a note to self to keep up to date….
What has everyone else been watching? Wanting to hear what you’ve been loving at the cinema?