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Friday, January 28

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger


Long time no see...I am back, eager to share a few thoughts on the latest Woody Allen movie I've seen -You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, a 2010 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen and featuring  Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, and Naomi Watts. It is the story of some characters in search of their long-lost faith- faith in themselves, in an ideal, in love, in friendship or in life, as it is.

It is a typical intellectual movie, full of irony and an insight into the unfolding domestic relationships. It is about frustrations, struggles and temptation. It is about holding on to dreams and the lengths we would go to so as to reach them, at any costs. What I really liked about the movie is that I could so easily walk into the shoes of every character: the gullible Helena, the wannabe Roy, Sally longing for personal and professional recognition, Alfie chasing a hurtful past dream. It may not be Woody Allen's best movie ever- the 70's are by far his best accomplishment- but I enjoyed the music, the Chinese box story layers and the feeling that you were somehow back in the 40s. It made me smile and realize that sometimes we all feed on our illusions and naive dreams. When do we cross the line between fantasy and ridiculous? Thank God for Woody Allen, ready to show us how easily it is to make a fool of yourself.


The story is told by an unseen narrator- le raisonneur- who seems to know everything about everybody, the omniscient voice that imperceptibly takes us into the lives of different characters. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger has crafty dialogues, Woody Allen's message to its viewers- life is meaningless so make the most of it while you can- hints of melodrama, good music, unexpected turn of events, on the whole, a worthwhile picture.