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Hannah and Her Sisters
Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Here's what's weird: I can now see in this old favorite the seeds of everything I dislike about his recent films. Much of the dialogue is clunkily expository and/or tin-eared; supporting characters (e.g. Daniel Stern's gauche rock star) often function as straw-man caricatures; source music is used as a cudgel. Yet it's mostly glorious, and I spent the whole damn movie trying in vain to pinpoint the difference. In the end, I think Tarantino may be right, at least in this case and some others: Woody's just old now, and his work has become correspondingly creaky, with its highs diminished and its flaws hugely magnified. In any case, he was unmistakably at the top of his game here—though he's…
Woody Allen really is a fantastic writer and director, we all know that. He is always able to create amazing characters, fantastic dialogues, simple stories with situations that could happen and real life and none of his stories ever felt forced. All feel real and actually very believable. Hannah and Her Sisters is no exception.
An amazing comedy/drama script, that tell us the stories of multiple characters all connected because of three sisters Hannah, Lee and Holly. Family interations, romances, dramatic discoveries or even hilarious moments it's what you are going to find throughout the story.
All of the performances are absolutely fantastic, everyone is able to play their parts in the perfect way possible. Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen himself…
Performances : 7.4/10
Story : 8.4/10
Production : 8.2/10
Overall : 8/10
"Jeez, I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I'm never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts. And after all, who knows, I mean maybe there is something, nobody really knows. I know 'maybe' is a very slim reed to hang your whole life on, but that's the best we have. And then I started to sit back, and I actually began to enjoy myself."
Hannah and Her Sisters contains one of the best ensemble casts that I've seen in a while. No offense, August: Osage County, but for a good time I'll take Woody, Farrow, Fisher, Caine, O'Sullivan and Max von Sydow any…
On some days, this is my favorite Woody film, edging out Annie Hall just slightly and the tipping point has to be Michael Caine. He transforms himself into the antithesis of Jack Carter. The Woody dialogue rolls off his tongue so naturally, it's a shame they never worked together again. Every little mannerism and insecurity goes noticed, but it's never pompous or showy. He's playing a man in midlife crisis with secrets and desires that he cannot express clearly and he is a fully fleshed character.
The whole cast is on fire. All their interactions and inner monologues are lived in and their midlife woes and sorrows feel instinctive and driven and they all have arcs that leave them somewhere…
This movie is full of great scenes and great performances
Woody Allen's monologue at the end steals the film.
Another masterpiece by Woody Allen.
Review In A Nutshell:
Hannah and Her Sisters is the story, despite its name, of multiple characters roughly around their late 30s to early 40s and the problems they face during this time of their lives.
The film's premise is definitely more mature as compared to the other Allen films I have seen, tackling issues like affairs, lost relationships, life, death, religion, and careers. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this film, given the atypical style he uses for his characters and stories. I was able to latch onto something early on this film, telling me that life doesn't get easier once you are older, as one will still find struggles with problems, even the silly ones, that…
Damn that cast. On that alone it should be impossible to dislike it accept for that they can't all be on screen at the same time for the whole movie.
Unfortunately I wasn't smitten with Hannah and Her Sisters at least compared to some of other films of his, Allen's neurotic Ex came off as annoying and completely unnecessary and the humour throughout fell completely flat with me. They scenes involving the sisters and Michael Caine work much better but are heavily dosed in Allen's wordy signature style which didn't connect like it has for other films of his.
I was with it in the beginning attention-wise and departed somewhere in the middle and returned around the 'table scene'. Throughout…
No me había dado cuenta que Michael Caine sale en esta. Quiero que sea mi amigo.
Thumbs Up: Giving every character a turn at the voice over monologue is a fun way to make them all equally three dimensional and well-rounded, simple intertwining plot with some nice surprises, great performances (particularly Hershey, Caine and Wiest), jazzy score.
Thumbs Down: Woody Allen as the hypochondriac didn't really work for me (especially with how it connected back to the main plot at the end), would have enjoyed a greater focus on the inter-sister relationships.
Undoubtedly one of the best films Woody Allen ever made, and quite possibly his most life-affirming. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS is excellent through its stellar ensemble cast, its vibrant energy, its diverse and layered storytelling, its music choice, and its frantic and playful direction. Perhaps more than even ANNIE HALL or MANHATTAN, this is Woody Allen unfiltered, and completely himself: where his earlier broadly wore their French New Wave, Godardian influences on their sleeves, HANNAH feels fresh and distinctive. It's got all the elements of a standard Allen film, but the sheer amount of repertoire artifacts that this film juggles, somehow, impossibly makes all of them more palatable. The recurring cast members, the disheveled neuroticism, the controversial act, the unexpected…
What a lovely thing to watch just before Thanksgiving!
As ever, Allen's visual sense is immaculate -- you can go to New York and it'll be beautiful but it'll never look this good -- as is his unusual, elastic blocking of scenes. His bits of dialogue are the mixed bag invariably. But during this period of his career, any off-note of hackneyed exposition or pretentious nonsense was always followed by something absolutely stunning: the sequence between Caine and Hershey in the bookshop on 4th street (which now only sells prints and has infamously cranky customer service, or so Google tells me), the strangely heartbreaking scene of Lloyd Nolan (whose last film this was) playing the piano to diffuse an argument.…
Evan: Then at lunch she got drunker and drunker and finally she became Joan Collins!
"How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don't know how the can opener works!"- Mickey's Father
Hannah and Sisters is often regarded as one of Woody Allen's best. I did like it, but it's not close to being one of my favorites. The script is very good and the characters and relationships are interesting and well done, but for some reason I didn't like it as much as some of his other work. The first ten minutes didn't really grab me and then Woody himself showed up and gave the film.a much needes boost. The whole cast was terrific, but Woody, Barbara Hershey and Michael Caine were the standouts for me. Overall, though slightly disappointing, I did enjoy Hannah and Her Sisters. 7.5/10
Very good comedy-drama, filled with brilliant performances, and a smart, nuanced screenplay by writer/director Woody Allen. Stoic Hannah (Mia Farrow) is oblivious to her husband's emotional, and eventually physical, affair with her own sister (Hershey). Meanwhile, her hypochondriac ex-husband (Allen in a role that is virtually comic relief), may or may not have something with her other sister (Wiest). Michael Caine's Oscar, for his performance as Hannah's cheating husband, was deserved.
Yeah...I don't know, man. I'm just not from New York. And I'm definitely not all in on Woody's brand. The same brass opening music. The same piano exit. The same title fonts. The same type characters never learning their lesson.
This film gets a little by on its strong last 5 minutes and a few amusing jars and a brief interesting tryst with Michael Cane. But it's all so grating. So grating.
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