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When Lenny and his wife, Amanda, adopt a baby, Lenny realizes that his son is a genius and becomes obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant too. But when he learns that Max's mother is Linda Ash, a kindhearted prostitute and porn star, Lenny is determined to reform her immoral lifestyle. A Greek chorus chimes in to relate the plot to Greek mythology in this quirky comedy.
“Of all human weaknesses, obsession is the most dangerous, and the silliest!”
When you direct and write a film every year you can’t expect to always deliver a masterpiece, and that is the case with Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite. It’s a delightful and enjoyable film, but it doesn’t seem to add up to much. When you compare it to his extensive filmography it wouldn’t even land in the top half of his best work because it’s far from being memorable. He’s directed so many movies that several of them feel incredibly familiar and for that reason they are easy to forget. He repeats several of the same themes throughout his movies and Mighty Aphrodite isn’t the exception, especially putting a…
Film #59 of Project 90
”Achilles only had an Achilles heel, I have an entire Achilles body.”
Mighty Aphrodite is a little funny film from Woody Allen with enjoyable moments, some interesting characters and a pretty agreeable plot. As I said in my review of Manhattan Murder Mystery Woody Allen’s films always offer a minimum amount of fun and while all of them may not be exciting masterpieces but at least you know that they will not disappoint, his unique ability of forming up his universe and his distinctive sense of humor around a plot that sometimes is not making any sense at all is perhaps the main reason why his films always are capable of entertaining the audience, probably…
Whilst this is obviously one of Woody Allen's smallest works, it's stil a very enjoyable story that captures the irony of life through the funny course of its story. All of it is accompanied by a hilarious tragic chorus that guides the entire narrative.
Allan Stewart Königsberg is always capable of bringing me comfort with his works, even with his weakest films like To Rome with Love, they always bring a smile to my face. This is clearly one of Woody Allen's less rewarding films, but it's still a very good comedy full of funny dialogue filled with simple, yet compelling gags that come from his brilliant mind. The Greek tragedy elements that lead the storyline bring a very humorous…
Performances : 7/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.17/10
Mira Sorvino was good and everything but I can't see how her performance was Oscar worthy. Then again, I've never seen any of the performances that she was up against in her category. I really just though she was doing a great Jennifer Lawrence impersonation before Jennifer Lawrence found out that doing her Jennifer Lawrence thing was adorably funny.
This was what I expected, and exactly what I needed, when popping in a 90s Woody Allen film. It's got some great gags and one-liners, Woody's neurotic views on life and his consistently great ability to weave intelligent human drama in & out amongst his ensemble cast.
It's also a very light film and one you could potentially forget shortly after it's over. The greek choir, both in song and various interjections, is a mixed bag only working in a few instances. Woody is classic Woody playing sportswriter Lenny Weinrib, but Mira Sorvino is what stands out as adult actress Linda Ash, certainly deserving of her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She somehow manages to endear and appeal while being a loud-mouthed…
"Jesus, no he won't. Your paranoia is only rivalled by Joseph Stalin."
Mighty Aphrodite is an interesting comedy that is rooted in the idea of a modern Greek tragedy. It even opens with a chorus introducing the film while drawing comparisons to the tale of Oedipus and characters out of Homer's epic poems. Hell, the film is called Mighty Aphrodite for Pete's sake. Yet, although the chorus exist in the standard ancient setting, the majority of the film takes place in modern-day New York. The film revolves around Lenny (Woody Allen) and Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), and their impulsive decision to adopt a child. As the child, named Max, grows up to be a gifted individual, Lenny is set on…
Maybe I need a re-watch on that. Perhaps the intense urge to find Woody as dark and cynical as " Love and Death" or "Zelig" made the experience of "Mighty Aphrodite" less convinced and interesting. Nonetheless, whenever it comes to Woody, a less interesting film is far more enchanting and sickening (pun intended) than many other overwhelmingly self indulgent and allegedly comedy movies.
Not a high point of Allen's career but I laughed out loud a few times. The Greek chorus was a nice touch. And I guess Sorvino was convincing as the squeaky-voiced prostitute but some of the sexual jokes fell flat. As far as Allen films go it's enjoyable but forgotten rather quickly. He's done worse and he's done better.
I really liked the ending. It's pure genius. It's a simple idea that stems of into a brilliant finale that just makes you smile and laugh.
Mighty Aphrodite is in the middle tier of Woody Allen's rich filmography. It surprised me a few times, even outside of its deus ex machina, which was funny though probably a hiccup structurally for the film. I was dreading watching this film for its more problematic aspects, but thankfully it mostly avoids grossness with comedy and charm. Mira Sorvino is just electric as the prostitute character. Sorvino overcomes the hooker-with-the-heart-of-gold cliche by being an actual character who had her own desires and flaws and strengths.
I'd rank this highly in the canon of Woody's straight comedies. It's worth seeing for the clever Greek chorus scenes alone. You don't know you need to see singing and dancing ancient Greeks until you see them.
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"If Clint Eastwood wants to be hairdresser then just let him."
Not much of a story (the final 10 minutes are an embarrassing mess) but it's got some good comedy sprinkled throughout and a fun performance from Survino. Very disorientating how much Helena Bonham Carter sounds like Mia Farrow though.
Honestly? I fucking hate this movie. Everything about it annoys me.
In a weird place with Allen based on recent output and media coverage.
Objectively, Aphrodite is light, sometimes fun, pretty messy...but at least it's trying something. Sorvino is good - everyone said that already. I get it, but the Greek chorus elements don't work.
So, after I saw 'Everyone Says I Love You' last month and sort of swore off Woody Allen, I got the sudden urge to change my mind and see if he can win me over.
For some reason, I'm not ready to admit that some directors and styles may not be for me - Allen has made so many films over the years that I have to enjoy at least a couple of them, right?
Well, after trawling CeX, Amazon and eBay, I've got a pile of Woody Allen and I'm ready to see what all the fuss is about, whether I want to or not.
I've come too far to go back now.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!