Sweet and Lowdown Reviews
|Kok Hoong Fong||
August 11, 2012
Woody Allen's homage to Ray is as neurotically funny as the subject itself and the director himself. One of his best works.
July 10, 2012
Woody Allen's good research mixing documentary and fiction, Emmet Ray has a funny mind of an confuse genius... good jazz, a pleasant film to watch
July 5, 2012
he loved the guitar more than he loved women
July 3, 2012
Not Woody's best film, but on its own, Sweet and Lowdown is a watchable, fascinating, and well-acted mock biopic. Sean Penn stars as Emmet Ray, a thoroughly unlikable jazz guitarist (second in the world, only behind Django Reinhardt, as he likes to remind everybody he meets) who meets Hattie (Samantha Morton), a mute, and the two fall for each other. It's a doomed relationship from the word go, however, as Emmet's complete inability to be faithful takes over. The soundtrack pulses with vintage jazz guitar music (supposedly played by Emmet himself), and it's one of the best aspects of the film. Penn proves that he can be a magnetic force onscreen, even when his character is just so awful. He got a well-deserved Oscar nomination for the film, as did Morton as Hattie. Morton doesn't speak a word in the entire film, but she doesn't have to. Channeling the stars from the silent days of Hollywood, she uses her large, round eyes and expressive mouth to convey everything we ever need to know about Hattie. Both performances are ones to be cherished, and two of the best in all of Allen's filmography. The film outside of them is solid, but definitely not one of his best.
May 31, 2007
Imagine Raging Bull as a Woody Allen comedy-drama-mockumentary-jazz biopic and you'll have a vague idea of what to expect. A strange, strange film, but a brilliant and beautiful one.
May 16, 2012
I enjoyed it, but not as much as i had hoped to. I'm not a big fan of Woody Allen but Sean Penn plays his part well.
April 8, 2012
I loved the acting. I loved the music..
melancholy and anchored ..
Great Performance from Sean Penn!
February 23, 2012
Nice little movie, with a great soundtrack
January 22, 2012
It's a quality Woody Allen that has it's most enduring moments. Samantha Morton sparkles as the most loveable character of the film.
December 23, 2011
Eventhough the film is true to everything that Woody Allen stands for as a filmmaker, this film strikes me as one of his least interesting ones. However, Sean Penn gives an excellent performance.
January 15, 2011
Sean Penn at his most endearing, in one of Woody Allen's late, great efforts.
November 20, 2008
Such a enjoyable film about the jazz guitarist. Sean Penn and Samantha Morton are excellent. One of the best Allen films. A real feel good stuff.
June 19, 2011
The perfect faux-biopic, with the singular exception of Sean Penn's inability to look like he's actually playing guitar. It's like watching a poorly-dubbed foreign flick, but with guitars.
June 4, 2011
"Accords et désaccords"
February 15, 2010
One of my favorite movies. I think I left it out of my top-10 though. So, probably #11.
June 1, 2011
This is probably my favorite later era Allen flicks.
February 24, 2011
Sean Penn takes this one home as he plays or better said as he becomes this fictive narcissist Jazz guitar player Emmet Ray. Especially the scenes with Hattie are very sweet and powerful.
December 1, 2010
Again yet another proof that good acting can't save a bad movie. I mean, the acting (especially by grandmaster Sean Penn) is terrific. And the jokes are on the right place. But the story is so blabla. And if you have seen Annie Hall, you don't need to see this movie any more. Seriously.
I don't know, but maybe Tarantino was right when he said that all the good directors lose their touch at a certain time of their lives...
September 4, 2010
For Fans Of: Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Quirky
Date Night: Nope
Art Factor: Medium
Fun Factor: Medium
Emotional Factor: Low
Intelligence Required: High
Essential Viewing: No
Really good Woody Allen movie, just wouldn't go so far as to call it great. Now Sean penn's performance, that is great. But the movie drags just a bit in parts and and far as quirky Allen fair, I have seen better. But if you love Woody Allen, you will not lose any love over this one.