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.
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 has 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.
While it’s not up with Allen’s best works like Crimes and Misdemeanors or Annie Hall, VCB is certainly an achievement any director would be happy to call theirs. Like any Allen film, it’s philosophical, approaches moral complexities with ambiguity, and has an incredible cast. He’s starting to delve away from his comfort zone of New York at this point, bringing us to the lovely city of Barcelona and surrounding villas. It’s a thought provoking film with something to say about love and those involved. It’s a sexy, romantic, comedy with dramatic flair and never becomes too self-absorbed, driving home a nail of ambiguity by the end.
We’re introduced to best friend tourists, Vicky (Hall) and Cristina (Johansson), in Barcelona. One…
Vicky, an American student spending the summer in Barcelona, is grounded, practical and analytical, perhaps to a fault. Her best friend, Cristina, is a flighty and impulsive romantic who is constantly dissatisfied and longing for something she can't articulate. If you're unclear on either of these points, Vicky Cristina Barcelona will underline them, through the the dialogue and voiceover narration, about five thousand times. That irritated me more than it did the last time I saw it, but otherwise I still enjoy Vicky Cristina Barcelona a great deal. Cristina doesn't quite work as a character, not because of Scarlett Johansson but because the part is a bit underwritten - she's representing half of a dichotomy rather than a fully fleshed-out…
This has been my favourite Woody Allen film ever since I saw it in the cinema. If I'm honest I have struggled with most of his earlier films and maybe the insecure neurotic stereotype he always seemed to play just never appealed.
He is however a fantastic writer. Intellectual,clever and with a biting satire that has always come through but sometimes with me,missed the mark.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona marks a commercial peak for Allen and the hip,popular cast make for an engaging,romantic and very funny comedy drama. Javier Bardem owns this film as painter and lothario Juan Antonio who becomes romantically entangled with two American tourists in the shape of Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall. Cue sexual shenanigans and the…
Devotees of Woody Allen know by now that his quality rate is way out of kilter these days and that any film decreed a return to form simply means 'interesting and watchable' as opposed to reaching the dizzying heights of Manhattan or Annie Hall etc.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona has enough vibrancy helped by a young and beautiful cast to rank as one of his most interesting and watchable of these recent efforts, helped by the story being set in such an exotic locale. Indeed Barcelona is integral as is the principal casting of Bardem and Cruz In whose mouths the typically heightened bulky dialogue that Woody inflicts on his characters (seriously no one ever speaks like a Woody Allen character)…
That moment when you find yourself as a lesbian.
Interesting topic but terribly done. I hate how a narrator is used every fifth minute to explain what's happening, it's like the viewer is being mistaken for a retard, or perhaps like watching the movie with audio commentary from the director. The slow motion scene is ridiculous and Scarlett Johansson is a very boring actress. The music annoys the sh*t out of me and the camera movement is just way too pretentious.
Well, at least I'm proud of myself that I was able to put up with this crap for 92 minutes. That's some patience there!
Vicky Christina Linen Trousers.
Flashes of brilliance amidst well acted but grating stereotypes.
Movie #4 in The December Project 2013
It's safe to say that this movie wasn't working for me for many reasons but as soon as Penélope Cruz stepped on the scene she saved the day.
Thanks Maria Elena, you're the best.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A dangerously intoxicating film, and one of Woody Allen's best. Even though the film takes place in Barcelona, gorgeously and lovingly captured by cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, Vicky Cristina Barcelona exemplifies a very American, dichotomic sentiment, in the conflict between a need for structure and the seduction of peripateticism. Perhaps Europeans struggle with this same notion of personal identity, and possibly the film originated from Woody Allen's own naive romanticizing of their culture as leisurely and non-materialistic, though it seems to me that inherent in such an exception would be an admission to a certain corrosion by American values. In other words, motherfuckers be trippin' if they say they've never stopped for a moment to consider giving everything up to either…
I often turn this movie on just to get wrapped up in the beauty of Spain, and that spanish guitar. It's a great way to unwind and relax. Often times I just fast forward to the scene in the villa where Bardem & Rebecca Hall listen to guitar together, but on this day I ended up watching from start to finish.
I could do without that awful narrator, but this is without question one of Woody's best films. All the major performances are flawless.
A quite interesting film, which is probably labelled best as awkwardly romantic. Also, cheating on your fiancee with someone you hate is not cool, kids.
Very interesting and sexy film. Some of Woody's best female performances.