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Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Life is the ultimate work of art
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Major European city + a story about love = Woody Allen production. The former part of the equation is Barcelona, the latter part consists of the two females mentioned in the film’s title and the charismatic Spanish painter Juan Antonio - played by Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem respectively. It’s a typical Woody Allen fantasy about two women with opposing views on love who end up in a love triangle/rectangle, mostly to convey an unoriginal story arc, but simultaneously attractive enough in terms of acting and little twist and turns to keep it all exciting enough to transcend mere doctors drama. Those peaks are continuously interrupted by a lacklustre monotonous narrator who sounds like he’s directly citing a…
A light-toned, sun swept drama about love, relationships, and which types of both cause true dolor, Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" is a charming, provocative, and completely Allen-esque meditation on the things that make women and men tick, cheat, and feel. The film is well-shot, well-written, well-acted, and strangely unaffecting. Still, its inability to ever seriously heat up should not be held against it, as the film is a completely solid endeavor.
On summer holiday in Barcelona, Americans, Vicky and Cristina, weave their ways through a number of romantic and artistic misadventures mostly involving a swarthily handsome Spaniard played by Javier Bardem. The dialogue is rich, the narrative is compelling, and both exude the kind of lightly intellectual, academically conscious,…
My dear Boxd’s friends for this film I have only 3 things to say:
SCARLETT JOHANSSON IS fucking hot
REBECCA HALL IS fucking hot
PENÉLOPE CRUZ IS fucking hot
Sorry, my friends but is just only I had to say about. I love you Woody Allen for give me such relief in this pleasant night.XOXO.-
Woody Allen really loves Europe. First Barcelona, then Paris, then Rome. Incredible. Barcelona is absolutely gorgeous in this movie. The characters are gorgeous as well. Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Cruz. Javier Bardem is a really lucky man! This movie was really magical. It is based around the characters, and that's what I love about it. There is no real plot, but I really love the way Allen plays with the interesting characters. Javier Bardem's acting really impressed me, and so did the 3 girls, who are all gorgeous. Thank you, Woody Allen. I hope you make movies till you are a hundred.
Vicky Christina Barcelona sees Allen at the top of his game. He decides upon a beautiful setting, assembles a perfect cast and then starts to toy with the characters he has created. I bet he had a chuckle when he wrote the story for this one because at a point I realized the wickedly playful grin that Woody must have had taking the story in unexpected directions, making the characters do something which were completely antagonistic to what the narrator had described of them at the start. I also knew that this grin would have turned into a roaring laugh when he went bat shit crazy at the end and brought into the picture the “awesome-threesome”
I particularly loved the…
While not my favourite Woody film this is about as fun and breezy as it gets when watching one of his comedies. He makes many films that are so easy to digest (perhaps sometimes a little too easy) but are endlessly enjoyable and relaxing. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is perfect if you want to watch beautiful people conversing in beautiful locations while painting beautiful canvases and discussing the beauty of love. So yeah, it looks great. Hard to imagine Javier Bardem not having the time of his life filming this one.
It's hard to watch this and not be sort of bowled over by the effortless nature of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz's acting. I'm sure they're working hard at it but it feels like they're just gliding through the film completely possessing their characters amongst a number of other, mundane tasks.
One of Woody Allen's stronger films in his recent filmography. I didn't recall it having as much narration which I found slightly off putting. The performances are great, in particular Penople Cruz and Javier Bardem. the setting is beautiful.
Einer der schwächsten Einträge in Woody Allens modernes Tourismus-Kino: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" ist mehr eine Präsentation bewegter Urlaubsfotos als ein wirklicher Film. Allen neigt natürlich allgemein zu Kapitel- und Roman-Strukturen, aber selten wirkten einzelne Szenen so isoliert voneinander. Christopher Evan Welchs Erzählerstimme verbindet notdürftig lose zusammenhängende Momentaufnahmen.
Zielgruppe? Menschen wie ich, die schon einmal in Barcelona waren und permanent feststellen: Genau an dieser Stell stand ich auch schon mal! Hurra, ich bin genau wie Javier Bardem. (Nur ohne ein Millionär mit erfolgreicher Schauspielkarriere zu sein.)
That's the thing with summers in Barcelona. They don't last.
See my review at Filmmániás blog:
"Barcelona, it was the first time that we met; Barcelona, how can I forget?" I was feeling some Freddie Mercury because the sexual orientation of certain characters in this film are about as ambiguous as Mercury's was, and yet, as much as I love Mercury... in a strictly aesthetic way, I'm a lot more interested in the steamy mania going on with these people. Scarlett Johansson embarks on yet another sexy adventure in a foreign country, so this is pretty much "Lost in Translation II", now with one or two... or three or four people you feel more comfortable seeing Johansson with than Bill Murray. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Hugh Jackman were pretty enough, but now Woody Allen is setting…
A solid Woody Allen flick, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a portrait of love in Hemingway country. Woody Allen sets two intelligent American women with different ideas about love against a swarthy, artistic lothario played by Javier Bardem. Bardem's decidedly 'european' attitudes toward love clashes with our protagonists, who are pushed to question everything they thought they knew about love.
This film raises a lot of interesting and fun points about lust, adventure, settling down, and polyamory. I found myself relating to both Vicky and Cristina. Unlike many films of this type, the girls don't compete, nor would you say there are winners and losers. It's a really human film that is a lot of fun to watch. The script is so sharp, but there are a few choices (such as the narration) that I thought this film could have done without. Overall, it's a fun watch and a very solid addition to Woody Allen's catalogue.
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