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Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody. When Melody's uptight parents arrive in New York to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into wildly unexpected romantic entanglements. Everyone discovers that finding love is just a combination of lucky chance and appreciating the value of "whatever works."
Performances : 7.8/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7.5/10
Overall : 7.6/10
When discussing Woody Allen and the films that he has made and starred in over the years, I have never heard Whatever Works mentioned. That's a real shame because I really thought this movie was one of Woody Allen's best films as a director. The story might not be the best and while the performances were great they weren't the best. His camera work though was wonderful and the set pieces were great.
Larry David is certainly one of those actors who you either love or hate. Personally I love him. Seinfeld is, in my opinion, one of the greatest shows ever made and I loved Curb Your…
Woody Allen is back in New York City with a comedy which is reminiscent of the old days where Larry David stars as an eccentric misanthrope and Evan Rachel Wood stars as a naive and impressionable young runaway, two very different people who end up falling in love. When Melody's tense and irritable parents arrive to save her, they are quickly caught in unexpected romantic events that take them out of their world. Everyone will discover that finding true love comes down to a combination of luck and appreciating the Whatever Works value.
Whatever Works is Woody Allen's experience of putting his old and glorious formula into practice, where the main character is the typical neurotic old man who hates…
Years ago I read Woody Allen's book Woody Allen On Woody Allen in which the director speaks candidly about his filmography and approach to filmmaking. Somewhere in the book, and I have tried to find a link online in support, he mentions that African-Americans are never central to his stories because he basically writes about what he knows and what he sees, and to be honest, growing up as he did he was not afforded the benefit of exposure to that culture, and some other cultures as well. With Whatever Works we get to see the results of not adhering to that philosophy.
Whatever Works is bargain basement, tossed-off, bottom-feeder Woody Allen, mired in cliches to the point of being…
"Directors mimic themselves after they get old". That's a cliche, yet sometimes a cliche is the best way to represent the truth. There's definitely something off though. David does his best playing what could be described as Allen doing a killer Bernie Sanders making an impression of Woody, but that character doesn't work for some reason. Instead of pathetically pessimistic, it just seems mean-spirited and terribly antiquate for the kind of story being told. Not that he doesn't have his moments, however the ones when he goes way off the mark are more noticeable than the others.
Despite all that, by the second half, when Boris takes a backseat and there's a lot more presence of the supporting characters, the…
Another one from Woody Allen, good but certainly not one of his best.
In Whatever Works we follow the story of a middle age man called Boris Yellnikoff. A grumpy and sometimes annoying guy that entitles himself as a genius. Some of his ideas about the world are definitely different from other people and he is basically against everything and everybody. One day fate put Melody Saint Anne Celestine, a girl from Mississipi into his life. She is doesn't have any kind of cultural intelect and is the absolute opposite of Boris, so she is the kind of people Boris can't stand, well but he always thinks he is the only bright human being on planet. Her sweetness ultimately enchants…
The first hour of this movie is some of the funniest Woody Allen I have seen since Annie Hall. The pairing of Allen and Larry David felt like a perfect match, the conceit of putting an aging misanthropic genius with a young southern belle airhead, also a perfect match, the dialogue bristled and just kept coming, and I laughed loudly repeatedly. And then somewhere around the time of the transformation of the mother-in-law, it all came to a swift halt. The third act feels like something hastily written on the toilet, with criminally less David, and an overabundance of the less-interesting secondary characters. Once again, if there was just a little more time between projects, a little more attention to the job at hand, Whatever Works could have been one of Allen's great comedies. Alas, it is once again quantity over quality with Woody Allen inc.
This should have worked. Larry David and Woody Allen are match made in heaven. And for the first half, it really does work. Then, the girl's family comes to town and it devolves into the film equivalent of its poster. I say it's prettayyy pretttaaaayyy... eh. [C+]
Larry David fits right into a Woody role but makes it his own. Evan Rachel Wood also brings a lot of energy that not all Allen flicks have. All in all, a decent little movie.
El Woody Allen gruñón y desentendido también se lleva bien con la feel-good comedy. El problema, creo, es Larry David, pero al final he acabado sonriendo como un tonto, así que... whatever works.
Woody Allen is in life-affirming mode in his latest comedy, "Whatever Works." Larry David stars as the Allen stand-in this time around playing the world's biggest pessimist, who manages to convince a naive young thing (Evan Rachel Wood) to marry him. But once the appeal of his intellect has worn off, she starts to realize that all of the gloomy pontificating about the meaninglessness of existence wears thin, and decides she'd rather be happy and dumb than smart and miserable.
And who wouldn't, really? "Whatever Works" feels like warmed up leftovers of other Allen films -- it's older man intellectually making over a younger woman premise specifically brings to mind "Annie Hall" and "Mighty Aphrodite." And whenever David's character is…
Un de mes préférés Allen récents, l'humour extrêmement abrupte de Larry David apporte un vent de fraîcheur sur un scénario reprenant plusieurs thèmes et détours de ces films précédents. Et que dire des interprétations délicieuses de Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson et Ed Begley Jr. en sudistes pas si rétrogrades que ca après tout!
Allens einzige Regieanweisung an Larry David war vermutlich: “Spiel es einfach so, wie ich es spielen würde.“ So sah ich 90 Minuten lang Larry David dabei zu, wie er Woody imitiert. Das David allein aufgrund von Statur und Ausstrahlung Allen nur bedingt gleicht, führt dazu, dass die dargestellte Figur teilweise statt rein misanthrop fast körperlich aggressiv wirkt, was dem Film manchmal seine angedachte Romantik kostet und dermaßen wohl auch nie vorgesehen war. Was bleibt, ist ein mittelmäßiger Allen, der natürlich immer noch besser ist als vieles, was seine Mitbewerber so abliefern.
This is the first Woody Allen I've seen so I cannot compare it by no means with his earlier work. However, it does tell something that one of the few things that I smiled at was a lame gay joke. Also, everyone overacts big time. But well, this is a comedy. An okay one.
Did not expect to enjoy this slice of Woody Allen quite as much as I did. Larry David delivers some incredible monologues in this film and is hilarious. Even as he moved from centre stage towards the end of this picture the film allowed a great supporting cast to come to the fore in very amusing ways. The arcs of both of Evan Wood's parents were terrific and highly amusing.
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