Monday, May 29, 2006

HUSBANDS & WIVES
Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Judy Davis, Sydney Pollack, Liam Nesson, Juliette Lewis

HBO

Change is what life is made of!

This story about how marriages evolve and/or fail has all the elements of a typical Woody Allen movie.
Good ensemble cast who all deliver believable performances. Judy Davis, Sydney Pollack, Mia Farrow and a rather young Liam Nesson - all good actors in every sense of the word. A fluid story line about a topic that anyone can identify with. In this case, marriages/relationships. Woody Allen dissects the very core of what makes relationships work or fail. He presents it to us in different forms and scenarios in this film. Immaturity, temptation, seduction, unhappiness do contribute to marriages falling apart. As always, the beauty is in his witty, sardonic dialogue.
His ability to come up with lines like "See, I will always have this penchant for what I call kamikaze women. I call them kamikazes because they, you know they crash their plane, they're self-destructive. But they crash into you, and you die along with them." is a stroke of masterful sarcasm.
His ability to delve into a long psychoanalysis of the main topics has always drawn me towards his films. His neurotic insecurities bordering on paranoia make his films quite interesting to watch.
A few things to mention though in this movie, technique wise. He would cross between interviewing his main characters (actually talking to them) then shift to focus back to the story. That came across as a bit scattered. His abrupt way of moving his camera from one character to another would get you dizzy as you try to refocus on the screen.
But nonetheless, I could go on and on extolling the virtues of a Woody Allen film. But I won't. I'll just suggest you watch "Husbands and Wives" for its typical Woody Allen witty charm. You won't be disappointed, at all.

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