Bullets Over Broadway Reviews
One of Woodys strong suits period pieces with hollywood flair - this is an overall enjoyable release with as always a great cast - Diane Weize is great.. DONT SPEAK (lol) the good of themes of the talent and talentless and how far are you willing to go for your art - good stuff, although not as consistent all the way through it's great fun overall with a solid and maybe a more upbeat ending for what woody would do today but again this feels like an easy crowd pleasing movie in our book
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.