These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…
A new comedy
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 not a good movie; it's ugly, condescending, and smugly misanthropic in ways that I find absolutely grating, which is all the more a shame, given that writer/director Woody Allen is uniquely positioned to critique just such East-Coast condescension and misanthropy (and has in other, better films). And yet, two things made me laugh: the recurring gag of Larry David's character over-the-top chastisement of his chess students and the brief shot of a concert marquee featuring a rock band apparently named "Anal Sphincter" (Allen's most effectively and hilariously curmudgeonly dig at rock music since Annie Hall). Maybe I'm being overly charitable, but those two bits save this movie from being the absolute worst in Allen's filmography (your position remains secure, Celebrity).
Director Woody Allen should rename his film from Whatever Works to Whatever Worked Before. Allen has a peccadillo of using the same kind of stylized themes, while having the same cynical and eccentric misanthrope (usually played by himself) as his lead. Despite his repetitious nature, Allen somehow genuinely finds a way to make that style feel fresh, simply by changing the world around him or by changing specific things. That is not the case with Whatever Works. Here, it feels like he decided to rehash the same old tropes and it gets ungodly tedious very quickly. I imagine Allen thought, "Oh, I don't feel like writing an actual script, so let's just cut and paste some of my other works…
"What does it all mean anyway?"
It's apparent that Woody still hasn't honed in on the answer, but it doesn't stop him from trying.
I ended up singing 'happy birthday' twice to myself to make sure all the germs washed away.
(I absolutely love the final lines that Larry David conveys to the audience here, but they in no way connect to the film we've just watched.)
Beautiful-looking and fun at times, but so much wrong here.
The dialogue feels forced and weird coming out of these actors' mouths. Boris is so unlikable that it makes no sense why his friends would even put up with him and his constant ranting. Makes no sense that the girl would like him. The talking-to-the-screen asides device comes off strange. Rehashed themes. The point is overdone (church-going parents end up divorced, gay and in threesomes). And the final scene with Boris explaining fate/chance is ugh.
Woody Allen halt. Mag man Ihn mag man den Film
Genial. Si no fuera porque es de Woody Allen (y aunque al principio no había dado con las películas clave para cogerle el punto) me hubiese sorprendido bastante todo lo que se esconde debajo de la fachada de comedia intrascendente y de toda la palabrería intelectualoide que sueltan sus personajes. No sólo maneja conceptos relativos a las relaciones familiares o de pareja sino a relaciones personales de cualquier tipo. Porque gran parte de lo que nos cuenta es eso, que debajo de todas las ideas, convicciones, prejuicios y sentencias todos somos solo personas que se relacionan dentro de una sociedad.
A tratti è davvero esilarante. Si sente che la sceneggiatura è ripescata tra quelle vecchie di Allen mai utilizzate, e la cosa è decisamente un bene.
One of Woody Allen's best works imho.
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