Bit of a sharp turn in the filmography but still alot to like, good acting, interesting dialogue and uncomfortable yet mature story - the constant drab tone can feel a bit unnatural but since its a purposfuly made homage to igmar bergman type it can be forgiven - maybe not for everyone but an older crowd will probably appreciate more - good diversity for woody to tackle
Woody Allen at his most introspective and negative. A very well made film, with Allen demonstrating his prowess behind the camera to full effect. Some great camera angles, fixed angle shots and lingering shots. Great performances too from all concerned.
However, for the first 90% of the movie there is hardly a cheerful moment (this is clearly not one of the "funny ones"). Negativity is piled upon negativity. This is largely led by the mother, Eve, who is one of the most irritating, depressing characters in all of cinema. Equally depressing is how this has rubbed off on her children.
The pain of watching the first 90% does pay off in the end, as the final few scenes tie the movie together and provide the closure and relief. The contrast is stark, like a release valve being opened, and make the movie worth watching.
It is really a matter of gritting your teeth and getting through the first 90%...