Crimes and Misdemeanors Reviews
Arguably woodys greatest drama tackling the morality and consequences or lack there of .. of murder - another well acted and executed movie overall - having the mix of a serious dark moral think piece and a romantic comedy mixed in one film does feel a bit off even though they are meant to play a contrast of sorts - but this still does not hinder the stellar performances, particularly from Woody himself, Martin Landau and Alan Alda
This movie certainly stands out for its realism and honesty - we can clearly see this was the building blocks which was to later become the even more stellar Match Point - never-the-less this one is a high point in Woodys filmography without a doubt!
The other storyline sees a typical awkward unlucky in love Allen deliver some quality one-liners in his pursuit of Farrow. As the plot unfolds the director delivers a moving and touching performance.
I'm not too sure, if the meeting of the two story's protagonists worked but everything leading up to the finale is great.
Filled with terrific scenes that are staged impeccably, Woody Allen's dialogue scenes are truly something else.
Filled with an all star cast this film captures a lot of depth of morality & what happens when you abandon it. A clever comedy/drama that goes a little deeper than his usual work.
This movie gets 4 stars for that line alone. The rest is a wonderfully acted piece of the usual Woody Allen middle class/middle aged crisis dramedy that we've come to expect. Not one of his all-time bests but a solid effort all around.