Yesterday I watched three movies I had never seen before; Annie Hall, 9 to 5, and West Side Story. Both Annie Hall and West Side Story have won Best Pictures, broadening my knowledge of the Best Picture-winning movies. Today, I wanted to share my mini-reviews of each film. Enjoy!
Before this, I had only seen one Woody Allen movie, Blue Jasmine. Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, is absolutely amazing. I was hoping Annie Hall would be the same. In a way, it was. It’s very clear to see that Annie Hall revolutionized the way romance films were made, essentially becoming the building blocks of a romantic comedy, and for that, I can see its importance to cinematic history. Is it the best movie I’ve ever seen? Not by a long shot. And does it make me want to see more Woody Allen movies? Yes…and no.
Annie Hall tells the story of a 40-year-old bachelor/comedian who just can’t seem to settle down with any woman he meets. He finally finds this one woman, Annie Hall, and despite the fact that they are obviously meant for one another he just…can’t seem to keep from screwing stuff up between them.
The film is fun but not fully funny. It’s mostly witty with a chock load of crudeness thrown into the mix. Ultimately, the film is not one I will probably watch again.
9 to 5
The next movie we watched was 9 to 5, a fun film that is pretty much the fantasy of every wrongfully treated woman who works under an obnoxious, annoying, horrible boss. 9 to 5 is nowhere near as funny or entertaining as Best Picture-nominated Tootsie but it was fun.
West Side Story
I’ve been highly enjoying my musical experiences lately…West Side Story, eh, not so much. The story was well-made and full of drama and plenty of shock factor but a musical’s greatness requires its songs and dance numbers to be enjoyable and I just didn’t find that with this film.
Now, it’s hard not to love the “America” sequence which was really the only part of the film that made me genuinely happy. The romance between Tony and Maria felt a bit strange, considering that they knew each other for only a day and were so madly in love. I mean, Tony accidentally killed Maria’s older brother and how did she respond? By basically having sex with him! I was flabbergasted! Utterly flabbergasted.
The film lost me after that point and I ended up just watching the film, hoping that it would hopefully get better. The best part of the movie is the film’s final few minutes when the ultimate tragedy strikes but by then it was too late…I wasn’t a fan.
I love The Sound of Music. I love An American in Paris. But I definitely will not be watching the 1961 version of West Side Story anytime soon.
Now, I am intrigued by seeing how Steven Spielberg can recreate this story with a more modern touch with this year’s West Side Story which is supposed to release this December. Just judging from production photos, it should be a doozy.
My last classic movie binge-watching session involving All the President’s Men, Mighty Joe Young, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Unforgiven was an awesome experience. Unfortunately, yesterday’s brand new films seemed to all leave me feeling a little underwhelmed.
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