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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.
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…
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.-
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.
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…
As much as I dug Midnight In Paris, this (as of right now) is the last truly great Woody Allen film. It's a great example of all his most important themes, it adds some interesting visual variations to the standard aesthetic and it's enjoyable thanks to a great cast. Hopefully we'll get another great one before the end.
First off I was drawn to this movie because i love Woody Allen and I love the Spanish language and culture. On both fronts it did not disappoint for me. Spain really did make its mark on this movie and I'm glad it wasn't just a random spot chosen to film in. I also loved being sucked into this whirlwind of weird emotions and weird people that Allen does so well.
Not too overjoyed with the constant commentary, the tone of voice was in complete contrast with every other aspect of the film, which was somewhat of a distraction. However, watching various couples' electric relationships in the bohemian setting of Spain is something I would recommend for a late night viewing.
A deliciously enjoyable comedy drama. Rebecca Hall is a real highlight, with her kill-joy humour.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in High Definition from StudioCanal's UK Blu-ray release. The transfer is delightfully warm and rich, faithful to the 35mm source. There are some surprising moments where the HD transfer exhibits some lines and damage, which is odd for a fairly recent picture, but it doesn't become too distracting.
Woody Allen in "high tourist" mode (a la Farber) bringing in some hoary stereotypes about artistic Spaniards, despite Bardem really selling it well. The narration tries to help the plot along, but actually makes you aware of its structured narrative. ScarJo, although beeyootiful, reacts and reacts again but never really has much agency. Rebecca Hall--ostensibly the Allen stand-in--doesn't spend enough time with us for us to care about her predicament. Penelope Cruz plays the crazy (literally) ex-wife. Feels like we're watching a reading of the treatment, and not a living film. Actually had to remind myself three hours later that I had watched it.
Woody Allen has to let me in on his secret as to how he keeps on making great films. Despite opening Vicky Cristina Barcelona with less than promising narration, the film soon finds its footing and succeeds in large part due to the chemistry of the three leads: Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall, and Scarlett Johansson. (It's also easy to see why Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her supporting performance.)
Of his later films, this also has to be one of Allen's best, in terms of beautifully capturing the land of his non-American setting. The free-wheeling, liberating spirit of Spain is perfectly on display here, mixed wonderfully with the artistic world of painting and characters searching for true love.
Woody Allen is a powerhouse of film-making. One film a year for the last 37 years (twice my life time basically). And in that massive filmography there are destined to be some greats (Annie Hall, Manhattan, Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall especially and obviously) and not so greats. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is definitely not in the greats, nor even necessarily in the middle of Allens work, and I didn't like a lot of it especially when it felt like Allen was just using old tricks trying to string together a vague concept of a story, but somehow I still loved pieces of it.
The biggest piece of all is probably what this film is most known for, Penelope Cruz. Wow.…
My review of Vicky Cristina Barcelona is published at Looking Closer:
In No Country for Old Men, Javier Bardem stormed across Texas as one of the most fearsome villains in film history—a big, bad wolf who could huff, puff, and blow down any house in his path. Even though it's a relief to see Bardem escape that horrible haircut and slip into some stylish shirts in Woody Allen's "erotic comedy," Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it's tough to shake the memory of that indelible, terrifying performance.
And there may be a good explanation for that. After all, despite Bardem's impressive good looks, he's still playing the wolf. This time, he's even more dangerous—as Juan Antonio, he's a well-dressed wolf who gets…
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