Written August 11, 2013
Not the comedy you mzy be expecting from Woody. Very dark albeit with flashes of humor. A great cast and a phenomenal performance from Cate Blanchett. A lock for an Academy Award.
Written May 05, 2016
This movie is typical Woody Allen....he is a master of character development. I did not enjoy sitting through the depressing downward sanity decline of the main character. There is no uplifting message, no message of hope or anything that would lead you to believe the lives of the people in this movie ever get any better. I would not recommend this movie to anyone but I am sure there will be some Oscar nominations among the players.
Written July 28, 2013
Junk with stock, one-dimensional characters right out of central Casting.
Predictable and highly boring and who could care about any of them since the main characters were wooden and without a shade of common humanity. Poor Baldwin needs to go to acting school.and get a man's voice.
Not an interesting line or moment of reflection.
While Blanchett is a wonderful talent, here she is snivelling, dull and common. Blanchett's sister's part is well-played.
And the movie has nothing to do with Tennessee Williams ( Oh for a Blanche Dubois!)
Written February 25, 2017
Beautifully crafted, economically written, engaging storylines (recognizable from literature as well as daily newspapers), compellingly cast and acted. It has sadness, laughter, and believabity. It's up there with the best of Woody Allen's films.
Written February 26, 2017
I have not been able to stop thinking about this movie. It was so good on so many levels. Kate Blanchett is wonderful in the tragic role of a rich, spoiled woman who loses everything through her her husband's dishonesty. The rest of the supporting characters do a superb job as well. Andrew Dice Clay is quite believable as a contractor who loses everything due to the mishandling of his savings through the Madoff character, played to the hilt by Alex Baldwin. The wardrobe was an important part of the movie as well. Kate's holding on to her Chanel jacket and pearls on her downward spiral reminded me of Blanche Dubois holding onto her Southern Bell wardrobe as she also cannot come to terms with her present situation.
Woody Allen's use of music had me waiting through the credits to catch who the artists were.