Woody Allen’s not so perfect stranger

Many would argue that Woody Allen’s heydays are now behind him. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stanger, Allen’s latest movie serves only to emphasise this fact.  However, with masterpieces such as Annie Hall, Manhattan, and others, Allen’s devotees are, and quite rightly so, a forgiving crowd.

Although no where near Allen’s best works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stanger still holds enough of the virtuoso’s fingerprints to recommend. Allen’s fans will not be terribly disappointed by the movie.

Even before the movie starts, the day was full of promises. This was partly down to the anticipation of the movie, the build up of excitement, and mostly the possibility of ending up with the pretty blonde who was among my 7 co-viewers.

Eventually, trailers reeled one after another, each bearing a promise of its own. The screen flashed with a different a variation, from the great to the awful, from the tedious to the overrated, from Love and Other Drugs passing by Due Date and Inception to Burlesque. But it is not all bad; trailers are like a treasure hunt: in the heap of dust, you’ll occasionally find a gem.

The movie itself is a classic Allen’s soap opera; it follows a family that is in what seems a collective, extended moment of madness: The father (Anthony Hopkins) yields to the call of his midlife crisis. Lusting after a call girl, he divorces his wife (Gemma Jones) who, in search of meaning and reassurance, follows the advice of her daughter (Naomi Watts) to go and see a fortune teller. The daughter herself is falling for her boss, while her husband (Josh Brolin) is falls for a mysterious stranger.