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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.
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…
Full of beautiful and romantic locations, Barcelona looks amazing!
I'm seeing that Woody Allen is attracted to crazy neurotic people always in the search of love.
Amazing performances from all the cast. I am a fan of Javier Bardem and he was perfect as the sexy spanish artist with his crazy ex-wife, Penelope Cruz. I don't know why but I always thought she was an average actress nothing especial but she steals the show in this! When she won the oscar I had my doubts about the fact that her being the best of all the nominees, but I hadn't seen this. Now I get it. She was hilarious and I just loved all the spanish dialogues between her and Bardem.
Along the same sort of lines as Midnight in Paris in terms of exploring love and how to decide what you want, alongside living spontaneously and challenging the norm.
Brilliant performances from all, but especially love Penelope Cruz here. I fall in love with her every time (no homo)
One of Woody Allen's best.
Had grown a bit in stature in my mind. ScarJo is fine here, but had not yet reached the height of her powers. Rebecca Hall does her best female Woody Allen, which is a role that did not work particularly well for me. Bardem and Cruz, on the other hand, spark and crackle, overcoming the overwrought dialogue. Allen gets the story to someplace interesting, but there are a lot of bumps along the way.
*Reviewed two weeks after viewing*
Solid tier Woody Allen, with solid performances and twisty romantic tension running throughout its cast, hindered by an overbearing narration. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA is another entry in Allen's series of films obsessed with Europe, rich with the visuals of the Catalonian lands and culture distinctly more laid-back and fulfilled in style. Javier Bardem really personifies the city itself in his painterly attitude, both tempestuous and manipulative, and also definitely a bit crazy. Its definitely less interesting following the machinations of all the wavering trysts in this film than it is just getting a feel for the characters, who are each strong representations of a different plain of identification. Chris Messina also pulls in a typically dependable "that guy" performance as…
My least favourite Allen. Just a boring reharsh of situations and menages he has made much more interesting films out of both before and after!
Not sure it's telling anything new - but the movie's themes are executed with confidence & style.
this film is so boring except for penelope cruz
Vicky Cristina Barcelona plays out like one of Woody Allen's most secret fantasies, a film that belongs more in the company of Good Luck Chuck than Blue Jasmine. Sexist and illogical, Allen would have us believe that two women, one of whom is engaged, can be seduced by the first Spanish-speaking man who propositions them at their table. An invasion of privacy is framed inexplicably as female bonding, and the film's conclusion feels rushed and forced. In conclusion, VCB ticks all the boxes of Oscar bait - beautiful landscape shots, sexualised female protagonists, mental illness, conflict, deceit and Woody Allen. This film from any other name would not receive half its praise.
Controversial opinion: there are a lot of good-looking people in this movie.
Woody Allen tem um dom invejável de contar boas histórias, ao mesmo tempo malucas e muito reais, sempre usando bem seus cenários como personagens e este é, como dito pelo próprio, um de seus filmes mais redondinhos. O principal motivo vem das atuações primorosas de Javier e Penelope representando a figura instável, passional e até meio clichê de um artista espanhol.
É impressionante o quanto Woody Allen só parece mais contemporâneo a cada dia que passa, sabendo mesclar boas ideias, boas reflexões em um filme extremamente agradável de se assistir.
Acho curiosa a semelhança que todos os seus trabalhos mais recentes compartilham de haver um acontecimento que faz o personagem principal refletir todas as suas crenças e ir desconstruindo sua vida ao longo do filme e tudo isso contado da maneira mais lúdica possível. Acho que nunca teremos Woody Allen demais em nossas vidas.
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- Friends (With Benefits)
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