Written July 29, 2013
I did not enjoy this film. I was affected by it by being disgusted with how people are portrayed in their relationships in the film. I suppose it is realistic and the acting is very good, especially Kate Blanchett, who deserves a purple heart for her work. However, what is missing in this film is the sly wit and humor Woody Allen has usually offered us. It is a hard film to watch. If Allen's intention is to demonstrate just how low, vile, naive, clueless and disgusting human beings can be in relationships, then he has succeeded. I found no humor in it. This could be due to the actors in it. None of them offer any laughs. It is possible I am missing something here but this film is a disturbing, sad, and over the top view of just how bad we humans are at our relationships, and there is no redeeming moment in the film to give us any hope for the future. I was very disappointed. It is charmless and not entertaining. It is kind of like going to the dentist.
Written August 10, 2013
This movie was beyond what I had hoped for. Blanchette deserves an oscar for her performance it was amazing. This is the best film of the year so far
Written August 25, 2013
deserves another Oscar. Anything I might say about her sensitive, powerful performance would be giving too much away.
I was not happy with some of the other actors and the cardboard script they had to work with.
See it for Cate.
Written August 01, 2013
Another Woody winner - Cate Blanchett is amazing and so is the rest of the cast.
Echos of Streetcar Named Desire but Woody makes it his own.
Written September 02, 2013
No doubt this movie was extremely well made. The acting was excellent. The plotting was complex, but always understandable, with flash backs always containing immediate points of reference so as to avoid confusion. The was irony (macho man RDJr. crying) and humor and pathos.
But, the question remains, why was this move made at all? The nearest I can come to an answer is that it was made to cast light on the phony rich. Well, who cares? Does the movie indicate that Mr. Allen repents his own sexual peccadilloes? No. Does it show that he respects the common man? Yes, but why did he have to make a movie to prove that?
Bottom line for me, is go see this if you wan to appreciate fine craftsmanship in movie making. Don't bother if you want an uplifting tale with strong protagonists with whom you can identify.