It's Going to be a Shot in the Dark!
Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind.
Woody milks a lot of laughs out of this one-joke premise. Gratuitously self-referential but endlessly watchable.
I'm not sure whether Woody Allen is trying to be ironic, but the ending of this film is terrible, and completely anti-climactic. Allen plays Val Waxman, a Hollywood director relegated to commercials after a string of bad films. A new project surfaces that his ex-wife (Tea Leoni), now married to a studio head (Treat Williams) believes he will be perfect for, and what should end up being his comeback film is sabotaged when the director wakes up the morning before shooting begins psychosomatically blind. Of course he doesn't tell the powers that be, and decides to shoot the film anyway.
There is no foreshadowing of this event, it is pure Woody Allen gimmickry, a plot device pulled out of thin…
Quizá una de las comedias más ligeras del Sr. Allen. Si bien no es su película más exigente, nos adentra en la visión más próxima del Director siendo Director. Es muy divertido conocer el proceso de creación de una película con los toques cómicos y dramáticos a los que Allen nos tiene acostumbrados. Quien ame el cine en general, podrá reírse en algunos momentos claves de la película.
We laughed quite a bit — for a bad movie. You can tell something is amiss, from the lack of traditional jazz in the soundtrack. And what's with the (badly done) two-shot dialog scenes? Off his game.
"What is this, the Israeli parliament?"
Ann & Jon.
Not as funny as I remembered, but still pretty solid. This time around I think my favorite part was Debra Messing, playing the stereotypical bimbo who's only dating the director to get a part in the movie. There's not a lot of substance to this movie, but it's just plain fun, so if you like Woody Allen's comedy style, it's worth watching. Certainly more so than Curse of the Jade Scorpion, my other Allen guilty pleasure.
While it's got some very funny moments, the film is definitely one of Woody Allen's duds as it sometimes go overboard with some of the jokes of Allen's character going blind.
Starts out great, but gets less so.
Second half is mediocre, but I still enjoyed the film.
A half-assed collection of ironic jabs - some of them so searing you can almost feel the Wood-man poised to punish us for seeing their obvious relevance to his current situation. By overusing his second act blind spell, a smart gag beaten like a dead horse in the ground, he completely undermines what could've been a much smarter, much angrier self deprecating film-as-stunt. His characters have yet to live and breath as they once did (even his seventies slapstick flicks had more interesting characters with much more depth). The cast lists are starting to reflect his rapid slide downward. Treat Williams? George Hamilton? Tiffani Thiessen? C'mon. You don't have to be blind to figure out what's happening here.
Some funny scenes but not a great comedy.