From watching the trailer for VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, one might never have guessed that it was actually an offering from prolific auteur Woody Allen. There's no New York, no sight of Allen, and his trademark wit was nowhere to be seen. But this film--with … see full wiki
Written and directed by Woody Allen, Vicki Cristina Barcelona chronicles the love lives and dalliances of two American woman, Vicki (Rebecca Hall), and Christina (Scarlett Johansson) who are on summer vacation in Barcelona Spain.
As I stated at the outset of this review Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a bore. There is no ground here that has not been covered before; there are no new, or earth shattering messages to read. The story is one we have come to expect from Woody Allen, a man who seems to keep telling the same story over and over, but in different settings.
Most of the characters are one-dimensional and as such not very well fleshed out. We are dropped into the middle of their lives, but given little in the way of back stories to explain their motivations.
And there is little in the way of chemistry between the principles and that made for halting and oft disjointed scenes with scant emotional depth or meaning. Much has been made of the “kissing” scene between Johansson and the largely over-hyped Ms. Cruz. But the scene, when it made its debut was largely anti-climatic; there were no sparks, no sensuality, no titillation, mostly because there was no definable chemistry between the smoothers. Boring! As were all of the very limited and timid sex scenes between the various characters; boring! Why was this movie rated PG-13 when the subject matter was obviously so weighty? Who exactly is Allen writing for?
Rebecca Hall’s Vicki is the stand-in for Woody Allen in this beautifully shot film; most of her lines sound as though they were uttered straight from the lips of Mr. Allen, which in a way they were. But Hall delivers them in the same halting way in which Allen would have if he had been on film. And seriously, does anyone really talk like Allen anymore? When was the last time you heard two twenty-something Americans speak as though they had even an intermediate knowledge of their own languages’ more intricate linguistic utterances?
Most of the principles did an adequate job with their respective parts, thought the aforementioned Ms. Cruz was oft-times over the top with her screeching ex-wife routine.
In the final analysis Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a surface movie; that is it’s was fun to watch for a while, but then boredom set in and I just wanted it to end. The movie is wholly predictable while reveling nothing new, fun, exciting, or engaging about the human condition.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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