Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I watched this last night. Definitely one of my favorites. Written and directed by Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is both funny and heartbreaking...a modern Annie Hall but kinder, somehow. The characters search for love, find it, fall out of it, don't have the timing's all so true and real. The joy they get from love is what I came away with; the pain is terrible, but the happiness, romance, and exhilaration is worth all of it. And Allen knows that in real life love stories more often than not don't work out in perfect audience-pleasing endings, yet the memories of what they were carry us through whatever else is next. And always we have that glimmer of hope that someone else will stumble upon us and make us fall maddingly, inconveniently, unreasonably in love with them.

The movie conveys all this while poking fun at itself--there is a male 3rd person voice-over narrator who shares the thoughts of the characters in big words and sweeping metaphors. We therefore understand that the film is both a satire and painfully realistic.

Also, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are on fire. Their chemistry is electric, and they are both stunningly beautiful, sexy people. And are together in real life, which makes the movie that much better. Scarlett Johannson comes across as plain and boring when she shares the screen with them.

If you haven't seen this yet, do so immediately. A beautiful film.


  1. Scarlett Johannson is on fire.

  2. I suspect that "plain and boring" is how Johannson is supposed to be when juxtaposed with Bardem and Cruz, like she is somehow a pretending interloper who wants desperately to be interesting and edgy and is when compared to her friend and especially her friend's fiancee, but is too inexperienced in life to really achieve her ambition.

    I also kind of think she's a boring actress anyway.


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