American romantic comedy from 1977.
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
Director: Woody Allen
Writers: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Bechdel test: Pass
Alvy breaks up with Annie, or maybe it is vice versa, and he then reflects on their relationship and other previous romantic connections.
The movie had several unusual and fun ways of telling it’s story. The characters breaking the fourth wall and talking to the camera, people talking to memories and walking into memories, flashbacks in conversations that seems to be shared by more then one person and subtitles that shows peoples little worries and thoughts. There were also several others. The movie makers have taken full advantage of the medium they have chosen, which might be something more of them should do. What a movie is and how it should be seen and experienced is quite well established and maybe a bit more creativity would make the movies a little less stale.
The audio and visuals are nothing special and mostly just unobtrusive and forgettable. The acting is strange and bad, but it could have been seen as much better and less alien in the late 70’s.
The story is about a singer that can’t sing and a comedian that isn’t funny, which in it self a funny concept, but sadly it doesn’t work. The movie is neither funny nor romantic. It is just a story of how a self centered drama queen can’t make any changes but expects his partners to change, and so none of his relationships work. I really don’t see the funny and all the jokes were quite stale. The story does not seem to actually say anything about relationships that isn’t quite evident to even a child.
Maybe “Annie Hall” was a good movie in the 70’s, all though I doubt it, but if it was, then it has not withstood the test of time.
I don’t understand how “Annie Hall” can be called Woody Allen’s masterpiece. Or is it that his other movies are even worse?
I would only recommend “Annie Hall” to people that are old enough to remember the zeitgeist of 1977 and then could potentially enjoy looking back at that time. The rest of us can do very well without this movie.
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Tomorrow’s movie is “La vie en rose“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.
Until next time; live long and prosper.