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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.
Well, I'm definitely in dire need of stepping on the Woody Allen train. I missed my stop entirely, repeatedly. But I liked this station. It's murky, straight-forward, talkative, and best of all, original. So now's my time to get up the courage and see my way on.
Every time I am undecided on what movie to watch, I fall back on a Woody Allen film, which is what I have been doing for the last couple of cinematic viewings. This time, Whatever Works provided some of the most whole-hearted laughs I've had in a long time, and no doubt some of the most stellar dialogue I have ever heard, including the jokes and comedy that Allen so brilliantly supports.
o bom e velho lero-lero
Love David in Curb, so had to give this a watch.
Marietta: [Walking up to a wax figure of Donald Trump in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum] Oh, sweet pea, sweet pea, this is the kind of man you should be married to.
Pleasant comedy as usual from Woody. The above quote made me laugh so hard
In “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” a character tries to end an argument by saying “hey, whatever works” and another character repeats that phrase. That might be the first time a Woody Allen film had an easter egg-like clue as to what the next film will be. Unfortunately, that film is “Whatever Works,” a movie that rarely, if ever, works at all.
It starts out in typical Allen fashion. We’re starting again with the main character (Larry David) having a philosophical discussion with his friends. He then breaks the fourth wall by addressing the audience directly at the bewilderment of everyone around him who have no idea who he’s talking to. “There’s no one out there,” they insist. But he talks anyway.…
Larry David was perfectly cast as old, cranky Boris. He was the highlighted of an otherwise uninspiring film.
Il miglior Allen degli ultimi dieci anni. Di nuovo cattivo, irriverente, politicamente scorretto e per nulla mieloso. Un po' un tuffo nel passato. Larry David da antologia.
three stars for larry david. half a star for woody allen
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