Annie Hall Reviews
- Amazing Acting
- Fantastic Directing
- Terrific Script
- Very Funny Moments
- Great Chemistry Between Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
- Magnificent Ending
- Very Great Take On How Relationships Really Are
- Good Characters
- Very Well Paced
- Very Well Shot
Overall Grade: A+ (10/10)
It would be remiss of me not to include my 1970s inspiration, that depressive and quirky old man who was once my age, who defined uncertain love for two generations of moviegoers. I thought it fitting to include Annie Hall as one of cinema's great villains, that is, the woman whom the protagonist always felt he was meant to win-and yet the one that got away. Annie Hall is the perfect representation of the "ex" that you love and hate at the same time, the one antagonist of this list that provokes conflict by eluding the hero, not threatening him. It's impossible to narrow down the great villains or the best sad love lost stories of Woody Allen, but it's fairly easy to identify the one movie that spoke to me as an idolizing, lonely teen. There have been better movies that broke the fourth wall, and dissected their villains and heroes with penetrating insight (such as the works by Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze) but Woody Allen was one of the first movie icons to truly explore himself in the objective, cynical way, in this film, not to mention Manhattan and The Purple Rose of Cairo.
The story of neurotic Comedian Alvy Singer & his carefree girlfriend Annie Hall & their nervous & complicated relationship with NYC as their backdrop to their story.
Filled with clever & terrific sequences that where quite unusual in their day now duplicated today. A great Woody classic that doesn't date.
I remember each dialogs even after 25 years. Every 3-4th year I watch again and again.
40 Years and the movie is still one of the best rom-coms ever made from creativity, character chemistry, story and execution..
Mature, fun and witty with a nice feel good ending.. it's just great.. still!
What's so great about this movie are all the different methods that Allen utilizes for humor. He's breaking the 4th wall, he's showing silly flashbacks, he's even giving us subtitles that tell us the characters' thoughts in contrast to what their mouths are saying. All that, and there's loads of witty dialogue as well. These are all techniques that work perfectly for me. I almost would have liked to see more breaking of the 4th wall, because those were the moments I was laughing the most.
In my limited experience, Woody Allen has a very particular way of writing dialogue, and I'm glad he acts in the lead role here to deliver a lot of it. I've found that it can sometimes be off-putting when Allen's words come out of other actors' mouths, but I don't have to deal with that in Annie Hall. Diane Keaton is great as the titular romantic counterpart, and she has great timing with Allen. I didn't realize how great the timing was until there is a scene that literally shows him interacting with other women and not connecting on any of his jokes.
To be fair, there are some jokes that fall flat, and I think some scenes are weaker than others. There's even one section of the film that I was worried it was getting too sidetracked and I didn't know where it was going. But the film recovered quickly, and as a total package it is a movie that I loved. It had me chuckling throughout, and actually made me think about what holds relationships together and how they can fall apart. Annie Hall is definitely fighting with Midnight in Paris for the title of my favorite Woody Allen film. When he sticks with comedy, it works perfectly for me.