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I ALWAYS TRY TO AVOID SPOILERS.
Allen's New Comedy Hit.” Really mailed in the taglines in the
1970's, didn't they.
Allen plays Ross from Friends, a man whose wife has left him for
another woman and who likes to romance in planetariums. Woody is now trying to navigate his way through dating in the
New York scene, as a man in his forties with a predilection for
Obvious real life comparison out of the way, Manhattan is a bit of a wildcard
choice for me. I had never seen a Woody Allen film before, mainly
because I didn't think I'd relate to them much, fully aware he's
renowned for essentially playing the same character (his own persona) and
that they were all sort of about him being neurotic. That was my
educated guess. That guess was right, well half right.
Woody Allen, I
genuinely can't remember the character's name and I only saw the film
at 7am this morning (I couldn't sleep), is neurotic in Manhattan. But
then so is everyone else. Woody is neurotic, insecure, contrarily intellectually pompous, and hilarious with it. If ever
someone pulled off having little man syndrome, Allen did. He reminds
me a lot of Tony Hancock, or rather Tony Hancock's persona, but with
Plot- wise you really
don't need to know any more than Allen's on the dating scene, in
1970's New York and it's complicated. I couldn't help feeling more
complicated than it need be due to every character's inherent
neuroses and narcissism. All of the characters except one. Of course
being a comedy it would be pretty fucking dull if everyone was just
very sensible and honest and there was no conflict
Manhattan surprised me
in a few ways. Initially that I actually watched it at all was a surprise, when I bought it I thought
there was no way I'd get round to it. Well take that past me! It is wonderfully shot and beautiful to look at, too, cinematographer Gordon Willis also shot the Godfather. Yes, that level of beauty. The
toing and froing of people in their thirties and forties would have
pissed me off earlier in life and put me off the film. It still
pisses me off, although now I am in my thirties I accept it as being
realistic portrayal, however god damn depressing that is. For me it's very much a case of don't promise the moon, just deliver the horizon. And one final
thing which surprised me...
Bedsit it? Manhattan is really good. I feel like the reason Woody Allen was
forgiven a little bit for the whole stepdaughter thing is because not only is he very funny, he was
also fucking telegraphing it for decades! Anyway, I really enjoyed it, it's very funny, and
I didn't fall asleep so as I write this it is 3.30pm and I want a
nap. Fuckity bye! 8/10
*Ross also did this in Friends by the way. Can't remember the girl's name but Bruce Willis played her father.