Love and Death Reviews
Of course, Allen is so morally ambivalent. However, his honesty and humor with respect to this reality of his is engaging and amusing.
Boris Grushenko is a middle-class Russian who is in love with his cousin, Sonja, who in-turn love his brother Ivan. When Napoleon invades Austria the pacifist, coward Boris is forced to join the Russian army on the front-lines against the French.
Of all of Allen's "earlier, funnier" movies this is my favorite. It hits on all the themes that he so loves to explore, but it never takes itself too serious. Here he's channeling Chaplin & Groucho Marx with the subversive wit of his own brainy writing style. There are as many jokes-per-minute as in Airplane! and they range from idiotic to ingenious. There are too many to name here, but his father's land, and recipes for snow are among the best. The beautiful Diane Keaton shines as Sonja, his unhappy cousin who is constantly starting philosophical debates about subjective morality & emptiness while wearing absurd coats & hats.
The hidden gem of this movie is the beautiful visual photography of the battlefields, country landscapes, and opulent palaces. It's not often Allen made historical films, so to see this level of detail is very impressive.
In Russia, Boris is a young man that has fallen deeply in love with his cousin, Sonja; however, Sonja loves his brother, Ivan, and marries herself off to a rich czar. Boris is sent into the military and comes out of the war a hero. Sonja discovers his notoriety and works with him to form a plan to bring down Napoleon. Can these two simpletons from small town mother Russia find love and be national heroes at the same time?
"Get off my beard, you little jerk-off."
Woody Allen, director of Manhattan, Midnight in Paris, Alice, Shadows and Fog, Radio Days, Bananas, Small Time Crooks, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Zelig, and Annie Hall, delivers Love and Death. The storyline for this picture was very well written, thought-out, and delivered. The acting, settings, and backdrops fit the content perfectly and I loved the cast's performances. The cast includes Allen, Diane Keaton, Frank Adu, Feodore Atkine, and Gerard Buhr.
"I knew after that dream I would not grow up to be an ordinary man."
This is another Woody Allen film I came across on Netflix and had to give a view. I really enjoyed the film, how it was told, and the overall pace. I thought everything was close to perfect and this is a fun Woody Allen film that audiences can sink their teeth into. I strongly recommend seeing this.
"He was an idiot...but I loved him."