Stardust Memories Reviews
A mistep in Woodys career that many have forgiven over time and i would have also forgiven IF woody has not said in recent years 75% of this movie is actually a dream.....
In that case, the message was lost and that was not communicated well in direction, other than that, the characters are not particularly likeable - the fan bashing bit DOES seem like a nod to the fans and critics and overall this is well shot but not memorable
If woody made this movie now in 2017 we thinks it might have been more effective and the DREAM IDEA should have just been dropped altogether... actually most audiences didn't even realise that was even a thing... a definite miss in woodys huge collection of movies imho
However, as mentioned, it is overly complex. Scenes seem discontinuous and random at times. Also, if you aren't a Woody Allen fan (luckily I am one), many of the in-jokes and self-references will be lost on you.
Solid performances all round, especially as the roles would have been difficult to play, considering the complexity of the script. As always, Woody Allen gets to play himself, though this time the character is actually himself.
Probably the least accessible Woody Allen movie, but definitely worth the watch if you are a fan.
Rewatched and you have to keep in mind this is a film within a film in disguise.
"They want laughs in Kansas City, they been working in the wheat fields all day."
This film plays out as a dreamy meta-commentary on success within creativity. Influenced by Fellini, Allen is besieged with celebrity requests for autographs and opinions from a collective oddity of human beings, all with the strangest faces. He wanders into abandoned dance halls and gazebos on the shoreline discussing his work, with constant interruption from the unhinged mass who speak with anxiety & adoration.
"I would trade that oscar for one more second of life."
I first saw this movie in 2006 and enjoyed it. Upon 2nd viewing I now love it for removing narrative and focusing on the emotional truth that comes with an overwhelming situation. This feels like a new period for the director with total freedom within his creativity. His first movie without Diane Keaton since 1972, look for cameos from Laraine Newman, Daniel Stern & Sharon Stone.