Jeffrey's Review of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger falls into the passable, discernibly Woody-like, but certainly not one of the best, Woody Allen films. It follows two married couples, and the people within the relationships who decide, to their own detriment, that the grass is always greener on the other side.
Like all Woody Allen comedies, it has its moments, with some strong situational and sarcastic humor, with the typical Allen flair for smart dialogue. However, it's occasionally tedious in what it has to say, often re-using the same joke, and never quite delivering anything especially insightful or unique.
The film is acted well, with a strong cast of English and American actors. The chemistry on screen is noticeable, but the material just doesn't offer much for them to really elevate the film. It's message is too familiar for Woody, and the delivery is not particularly poignant or biting, like some of his best work.
Ultimately, it's still smarter than the vast majority of romantic comedies out there, but isn't one of his best pieces.