Woody Allen is as productive as ever, which I guess for him is a good thing. But my advise would be to spend more time coming up with a good story. Because, this didn't convince me at all, and I'm even more sorry I could not sleep tonight (dog was sick) and got out of bed to watch this mediocre film.
I understand those who say that this basically is a pastiche made from the original three films. But what's wrong with that?
Personally I liked it a lot. It is good to have the franchise back in the hands of someone who understands what it's all about. We want the proper mix of action, innocent romance, drama, excitement and humor and J.J. Abrams gave us all of that. Well done.
This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…
I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.
Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a…