Crimes and Misdemeanors

Crimes and Misdemeanors ★★★★

A lot of people think of this as the best Woody film of the 80's. I can see why. It's funny and has philosophical weight. The decision to parallel a generally dramatic plot with a generically comedic one is a great idea for making a more rounded picture, but the heavy-handedness of the drama plot line is slightly off-putting to me. It's all so on the nose. All the talk of eyes and seeing makes me roll MY eyes. But having it there makes the comedy parts work better. Neither half would make a great film on its own, but by juxtaposing them you get something greater than the sum of its parts. But if you are looking for the real masterpiece of the Woody Allen 80's, it's Hannah and Her Sisters.

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