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Watch our full interview with Woody Allen, and read our movie critic

Text by Jon FROSCH

Latest update : 2010-05-21

Woody Allen is in Cannes with his new film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (out of competition), a solid if somewhat disappointing comedy. Watch FRANCE 24's exclusive interview with Allen and read our critic’s view of his latest offering.

In Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, the director assembles a typically high-profile cast to play out the romantic entanglements and dashed dreams of various members of a London family.

Neither sufficiently funny to work fully as comedy, nor emotionally involving enough to succeed as a drama, the movie is one of Allen's blander efforts — especially disappointing after the riveting twists of Match Point and the sensuality and sparkle of Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Allen's camera is as confident as ever, and actors such as Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Gemma Jones are fun to watch in high-strung roles. But the neuroses that drive the film's story seem imposed by Allen's own world view, rather than organically sprung from the characters on screen.

Although the movie is highly watchable (Allen is too much of a pro to turn in a truly bad film), the director's narrative tics are starting to feel especially tired; how many times can we watch an old man ditch his steadfast wife for a pretty young thing in a miniskirt and stilettos, and still find it funny or compelling?

More bothersome still is how thinly the film examines its themes. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is about frustrated people who long for what they can't have, and the veteran director barely scratches the surface. Allen’s most loyal fans will likely feel that frustration acutely.

 

Date created : 2010-05-17

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