Written August 15, 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona opened today, on August 15th, yet people on this website have been reviewing it since July 27th. I'd truly like to hear from people who have actually seen this movie. My rating is MUST GO because I believe one has to go to the movie, and see it, before they can offer anything credible to say.
Written September 14, 2008
Neither one of the best nor one of the worst Woody Allen's movies but certainly one of the most reflective of Woody Allen's fantasies. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is all about situations that would not occur in real life and the concept of a threesome is central to the plot. None of it seemed real and we know it's a movie but it's annoying to see a fake story disguised as something that could really happen. And you won't believe the contrived coincidences. Sloppy writing, if you ask me. All in all, the actors did a good job and the city of Barcelona looked fantastic.
Written August 16, 2008
Leave the kids at home..and enjoy,smart ,sexy acting...Penelope Cruz gets another Academy Award nomination!...Have a feeling that the poor ratings are from movie watchers sitting there with their spouses, squirming in their seats..daydreaming about what COULD have been..if they had actually not just played it SAFE in life!!!
Written August 25, 2008
This movie was NOTHING like I expected. The media had me joking that it was Woody Allen's "venture into soft core porn," but nothing could be further from the truth. There was definitely a sexual theme to the movie, as well as a few sex scenes, but nothing graphic-and no nudity of any kind.
As for my opinion of the movie, I found it to be very funny. I thought it was one of Woody Allen's rare dramas, with some comedic moments sprinkled in, but it was a lot closer to a typical Woody Allen comedy than that (though not exactly the same as a typical Woody Allen comedy). Penelope Cruz was the best part of the movie as Javier Bardem's crazy and unbalanced ex-wife. People often say that Cruz is only good in Spanish-language films, and she speaks a lot of Spanish in this movie, so there might be something to that theory. Javier Bardem was very charming and witty. Scarlett Johansson and (particularly) Rebecca Hall were also very good and funny.
If you like Woody Allen movies, go see this.
Written September 03, 2008
This is a deftly done, periodically-humorous (but NOT slapsticky) drama about 2 very different women— initially-serious & skeptical Vicky (played by REBECCA HALL) & her more adventurous friend Cristina (SCARLET JOHANSSON), both of whom get involved in Barcelona with a Spanish painter (JAVIER BARDEM) who openly suggests they have a threesome. Woody carefully constructs the ins-&-outs of their shifting relationships with each other and some other characters (such as PENELOPE CRUZ who takes the role of Javier’s explosive ex-wife, and Vicky’s new husband played by CHRIS MESSINA). Rather than Allen’s typical clever funny lines, there are instead clever relationships that are not “telegraphed” in advance. While not great, I found this tale to be a non-shocking, adult-oriented film— very enjoyable and well-done by all involved.