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Unforgivable?! I mean, it's not good, but it's no You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger!

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Will - NOTHING is as bad as 'You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger'... Well, except for 'Curse of Jade Scorpion' (ouch). Oy, Woody...

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

I saw it yesterday, and I thought it was middling Woody...? I read your review first, so my expectations were low. I venture to say I enjoyed it more than Midnight in Paris, which I thought was very overrated ... but then again, when one of Woody's films gets a Best Picture nod and a Best Screenplay Oscar, I'll judge it against some of his masterpieces (and my favorite films of all time), whereas when one of his film is called a disaster, I'll judge it against You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Whatever Works.

Ellen Page was definitely miscast (was Scarlett busy? Then again, she might be getting too old for those parts), and the Benigni segment never seemed to go anywhere, but all in all, I really enjoyed the Woody/Judy Davis and Penelope segments. Heck, I even thought the Baldwin/Eisenberg segment was entertaining, absent Page. I laughed a lot, and it was certainly preferable to a lot of films this year.

Anyone who makes a movie a year is going to have some hits, some misses, and some movies that are just average (this was true of Woody's '70s and '80s output as well, though he had more and better hits back then). This one was underdeveloped and underwritten, but it wasn't as bad as many people say.

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Jorge, Will, Suzanne -- i had TOTALLY forgotten about "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" until this very moment. Christ that was a wreck. Yes, much worse than this one.

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Oof, I saw this yesterday, too, and I found it borderline unwatchable. My favorite part of the movie was, in fact, leaving at the end and the man in front of me turned to his companion and said "The good thing about the movie was the air conditioning" (it was super humid in NYC yesterday- but then again, that would probably be true on a cooler day).

I never saw You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger but I did see Curse of the Jade Scorpion and I have a hard time picking between that and TRWL for which is worse. At least Jade Scorpion had an internal logic to it (as I recall) while TRWL makes no sense from segment to segment and sometimes within a segment (the Baldwin entity).

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAR

Ouch. Woody should have stayed in Paris with Hemingway, but I really hated The Curse of the Jade Scorpion and Whatever Works so much more. And, like other readers of this blog, Ellen Page is starting to irritate me too.

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam
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