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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…
Woody Allen é quase um amigo pessoal. Imaginário, certamente. Sabe... Daqueles que você passa anos sem ver, mas sempre que encontra não falta assunto, nunca há estranhamento. E que você sabe que pode dividir as opiniões sobre a vida, por mais tragédia grega que seja.
Ao meu querido amigo, Woody, um sincero obrigado!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Woody Allen sendo Woody Allen. O excêntrico coro grego já impacta desde o início. Sempre excelente as trilhas sonoras em jazz. Sempre excêntricos seus diálogos, mas talvez um dos filmes dele que eu menos gostei até hoje. Mesmo diante da boa sacada da "troca de filhos".
Typical Woody Allen movie, and I can't say I like typical Woody Allen movies. I'm guessing Mira Sorvino won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar primarily for being Paul Sorvino's daughter, secondarily for being a sidekick to Allen, and only tangentially for her performance as a happy hooker Allen tries to reform.
Venus in Fur (minx and match)
entre otras cosas, las lecturas de género me impiden revisar el cine de woody allen con la perspectiva pretendidamente neutral con las que la vi originalmente --algunas, hace casi diez años: esta, por ejemplo, creo haberla visto cuando estaba en la universidad, a mis frescos diecinueve añitos--. en el caso de poderosa afrodita, bueno, la cosa es quizá en exceso paternalista, en exceso plegada a los masculinos deseos de su protagonista --que no es otro sino woody allen--. es, vaya, algo incómodo por momentos.
pero lo cierto es que fuera de eso, que no es defecto (o al menos para mí no lo es) sino característica, poderosa afrodita me parece una de las grandes películas menores de allen, un allen…
Mira Sorvino is the only value in this quirky Woody Allen comedy. He does have a special type of humour and I understand people take a liking to it. However, this is not for me... I'll give Annie Hall a try and unless that is surprisingly good, you're off my list Mr Allen.
Basically Allen's Pretty Woman. Writing is sharp and Woody is energetic in his usual role, but it's evident that the shining star of the show is Sorvino. Her quirky, light-headed and apparently half-drunk character, that is fascinatingly similar to J-Law's amusing interview persona, is annoying at first, however as the movie progresses she grows in likability as Linda/Leslie/Judy gets more developed. The biggest flaw is not clarifying well enough the satiric play on its deeply old-fashioned moral, that survived eras and has been echoed from ancient-old fables to today's top-charting pop songs.
Mira Sorvino cria uma personagem espetacular e bem engraçada. A dinâmica dela com a de Woody Allen (intepretando ele mesmo, como sempre) funciona muito bem. A fotografia com planos contínuos, sem cortes entre boa parte dos diálogos, permite uma maior fluidez entre a dupla, porém, alguns enquadramentos não foram trabalhados direito.
As "intervenções gregas" que acontecem durante o filme também funcionam bem como comédia.
"Tudo Pode dar Certo", também do Woody Allen, é praticamente a versão 2.0 desse filme.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…