Film: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

This 2010 film, written and directed by Woody Allen, is a variation on themes that have well and truly been covered in his previous films.

It was amusing and insightful many years ago – but how many times do you want to witness his cynicism about how life is meaningless? Even if there is a new list of well-chosen actors.

Gemma Jones embraces fantasyland through a fraudulent fortuneteller.

Anthony Hopkins tries to live the life of a man half his age.

Josh Brodin can’t write his second book and becomes enamoured of the beautiful girl in red whom he spies through his window.

Naomi Watts has a permanent bad hair day and is married to the writer. She has to get a job because they have no income other than from the Mother (who is in fantasy land.)

Antonio Banderas is the eye candy gallery owner who provides the job and lots of meaningful looks.



Frieda Pinto looks great in red.

Lucy Punch is refreshing as a prostitute with a lower class accent.

Roger Ashton-Griffiths is fat and not The Tall Dark Stranger.

In an interview Woody Allen said that he never looks at his films after they are made, as he would be depressed and make him think “Oh God this is so awful if only I could do it again.”

Perhaps he doesn’t realize that he does do it again.

Now showing at the Paradiso.




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