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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.
Whatever Works is funny, but it never amounts to being much more than that. It's inconsequential, familiar, and pessimistic, all to the point of becoming a broken record. Every character is a stereotype, but it works, because it is funny, and it never takes itself too seriously. Larry David is also the perfect vehicle for the ever-cynical Woody Allen.
Not Woodys best but it definitely has its pros. The yin and yang relationship between Boris and Melody truly shows how two polar opposites can attract.
It's message on the other hand wasn't as good as some of his other movies. It actually is quite narrow minded considering the fact that Boris is supposed to be a genius.
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There's something very odd about this film. Throughout its course, we are introduced to eccentric characters, unlikely situations and a protagonist well aware of his audience. It plays like a dream where fate can actually get to us. As a cinematic canvas usually permits, it is a form of escapism yet, something about it felt so real.
Woody Allen gives us "Whatever Works," a story not unlike anything he's produced before. It deals with a deeply neurotic man caught up in his own genius and self-deprecation and a fun-loving, spontaneous woman. Its the cast of characters we know and love. Unlike his other films, Woody teams up with a comedic powerhouse that would rival his own: Larry David. David provides…
Clearly a movie written a while ago, but part of what makes this movie somewhat pleasurable is that it feels like an old-school Woody movie (even if it's far from his greats).
Larry David is funny, as per usual, and I think it's a shame Allen hasn't worked with him on more occasions.
That's a tragic missed opportunity.
Apart from David's performance, the movie doesn't have much else going for it.
Great movie. Very creative format, with a great story and a very funny script. The combination of personalities and each one's suppression of emotions and search for happiness give a good insight into very familiar situations most people go through. Would watch again.
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
As much as I love Larry David, he's a problem here. He can sell the improvisational stuff on Curb Your Enthusiasm but working off Woody Allen's script, the cracks in his abilities as an actor really show and it doesn't help that this is a deeply unlikeable character. The film is a little too in love with him but when it starts to move away and becomes an ensemble piece toward the end, it works really well.
I love the central conceit: whatever works. It's a beautiful philosophy to live by and when you see it realised among all these characters in the end, I think it's actually quite profound. I genuinely got a little emotional seeing how everybody ended up.
As its recent Allen, the laughs are of course not as flowing as you'd like but there are a few cracking jokes in there:
"I saw the abyss!"
"That's ok we'll watch something else."
Much love x x
Worthless piece of shit, not the worst of Woody Allen anyway.
Nihilism suggest the negation of one or more putatively meaningful aspects of life.
Misanthropy is the general hatred, mistrut or…
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