Bullets Over Broadway Reviews
Perfectly acceptable and easy watch with good tone and tempo.
The real praise here must go to the cast. John Cusack in a natural fit at delivering the Woody one-liners without just doing an imitation of the director. Jennifer Tilly is spectacular as the dumb, fiery, talentless dancer who perfectly balances Dianne Wiest's boozy broadway burnout, Helen Sinclair. Both were nominated for Best Supporting Actress, which Wiest won. Chazz Palminteri is the biggest highlight of the movie as Cheech, the mobster who's seen so many rehearsals that he become a script doctor. His good ideas trump David's and the playwright realizes that 'Cheech' is a genius trapped in a goon's body. Tracy Ullman, Jim Broadbent, Rob Reiner round out the rest in probably one of the best-cast movies of the director's career.
Overall, this is one of his best works simply because it's such a breath of fresh air. Especially the little moves that set this apart from the rest of the comedies in his cannon: a successful, age-appropriate relationship, an optimistic ending, deadly antagonists, and an ending in the streets that is reminiscent of his "earlier, funnier work." A delightful watch, not just for Woody-philes.
I quite enjoyed this movie, even though it does seem to drag in some parts. The actors made the movie interesting and Woody Allen wrote a witty script which was more dramatic than funny. The concept, which is based around a writer producing a play with the pressure from the mob to cast a bad actress, wasn't bad and I have to give credit to the cast, who all put in great performances. The actors who play the gangsters, seem to be in every gangster movie that comes out, but they made movie enjoyable, even though the movie wasn't totally based around them. I have learnt not to have high expectations for movies nowadays so when I see a well made movie, I end up enjoying it even more. This movie is well put together by Allen and he portrayed the period well, even though the storyline is a bit silly in parts. In all, it's a average movie with some good scenes and good performances, but it could have been a better movie if it didn't have the comedy element. Average!
This film definitely wouldn't have worked if Woody Allen was in it. He seemed to cut out the silly lines, which I have seen in many of his movies, which is why the film really did work. John Cusack was good as the lead, but it was Dianne Wiest that made me laugh. She was playing a role that was completely out of her comfort zone, but she played it well, especially when she kept on telling John Cusack to Shhhh! Tracy Ullman also played her role well alongside Jim Broadbent, and I enjoyed the whole gangster side to the film. Personally, I was expecting a typical Woody Allen movie about sex and troubled relationships, but this film wasn't that bad and I must admit, I did stay interested throughout.
Worldwide Gross: $13million
I recommend this movie to people who are into there Woody Allen movies about a play writer whose determined to get his play on Broadway with the help from the mob. 6/10