Irritating, poor acting, an uncharacteristically bad one from Mr Allen
In a restaurant a group of play-writers discuss the dichotomous themes
of comedy and tragedy in life as well as in plays and the cinema. One
play-writer reconstructs the story of a woman ,Melinda, using the
comedy genre, the other using the tragic one. We become immersed in the
two narrative strands from the play-writers with each strand featuring
different actors apart from the main actor of Melinda which stays the
I did not enjoy this which is a first time for a Woody Allen film. It
was a wholly irritating film and some actors in it were absolutely
appalling. I cannot stand Chloe Sevigny (Laurel) who always acts the
same no diversity there, Jonny Lee Miller (Lee) is terrible and should
give up acting, Radha Mitchell (Melinda) always reminds me of the
nauseating Australian soaps she used to be in in the 1990's and I can't
take her seriously. Chiwetel Ejiofor(Ellis)is not a bad actor but here
he plays the token black guy whose character is unbelievable to say the
The stories were trite, unimaginative, dull, and mostly unfunny. In
addition the film becomes unwatchable when you see how hard each actor
is trying to do a Woody Allen, especially Will Ferrell who although the
best of the lot still infuriated after a short time. I wish Woody Allen
had been in this as it would have made it much more tolerable and less
a waste of my money and time.
Really dislike this film, but hey I love the 12 other Woody Allen films
I've seen so 1 bad egg in 13 is not bad going..
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Good premise but it falls apart.
This is the weakest Woody Allen film and sadly this was the last one of
his 40 films I watched. Nice way to end it. Luckily his last couple of
films were extremely great so I can't wait to see what he will bring us
in the future.
Why does this fall apart? First of all the premise is to play out two
stories based on the same details. One tragic and one funny. However
the stories are too much alike mood wise. The tragedy is light, with
lots of small understated jokes while the comedy part is really tuned
down and doesn't have a lot of funny moments in it.
There's not too much tension and you have to wonder. What details the
first guy gave them because the facts in the stories have very little
in common. And the details they do share are usually twisted around.
Overall the tragedy did not make a any impression on me and the comedy
was rather tiresome. However it does have mainly good/decent acting and
the stories are entertaining enough. Sadly there's just very little
here. A huge disappointment!.