Wednesday, September 10, 2008

At the Movies: Vicky Christina Barcelona

Yesterday, I ventured to the movie theater midday (not having a job totally rules!) to check out Woody Allen's latest film, Vicky Christina Barcelona. VCB follows Rebecca Hall (Vicky) and Scarlett Johansson (Christina) as they spend a summer in, you guessed it, Barcelona, Spain. Vicky is sensible; engaged to a wealthy business man because he is the logical choice. Christina is impulsive, always in and out of love; looking for passion over logic. (What's that you say? This is the premise of many a Jane Austen novel? How astute you are, dear reader.) Add Javier Bardem as a passionate artist, with a tumultuous past, who invites both Vicky and Christina to join him for a weekend away, and Penelope Cruz as Bardem's insane ex-wife, and things get messy.

Cruz, Bardem and ScarJo are all really fantastic, the scenery is gorgeous, and the script is interesting in the New Woody kind of way (it's much more Match Point then, say, Annie Hall). I was disappointed with Rebecca Hall, in a very uneven performance, and some of Woody's choices (like an awkward narrator), but really all you need to know is P. Cruz and ScarJo make out. Maybe I should have lead with that...

12 comments:

BeckEye said...

Nice review. I still won't see it.

poobomber said...

Even those two ladies making out couldn't get me to see a Woody Allen film, braaap!

Dave H said...

That making out part sounds AWESOME!

words words words said...

They don't call him Woody for nothin!

Liz said...

I'm very back and forth on Woody Allen. 2 years after seeing it, I still can't decide if I liked or hated Annie Hall.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

A huge nose meets huge boobs? All wrapped up in a Jane Austen setting? With exotic accents? Man, that's a can't miss.

pistols at dawn said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this in like 5 years, once I get through everything else he's done. I'm up to The Purple Rose of Cairo now, but my life keeps getting in the way.

MelO said...

Nice review.

I'm still bitter over the fact that you got to go to a movie in the middle of the day on a Tuesday.

:(
[pouting]

Jon said...

The only way I'd go see a Woody Allen movie is if I was guaranteed a topless scene from Scarlett Johansson. So.... should I see this movie?

Dr Zibbs said...

I was gonna see this at a matinee but felt too gay to ask for a ticket.

Red said...

Jon - Unfortunately, the answer is "almost."

Falwless said...

Hahahahaha