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Blind Spot 2012 Review: Annie Hall

Posted January 31, 2012 by in Comedy







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81/ 100

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What We Liked :

Diane Keaton is amazing throughout

What We Disliked:

Woody Allen's Direction might be too strange for some
Bottom Line

Annie Hall examines that even though relationships are crazy, most of us need them. Annie Hall is deserving of much of the praise it has received over the years.

by Max
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Oh, Annie Hall. Men could live without women like you, but we want so much to be with you.

Annie Hall is the Academy Award winning film from Woody Allen. In his long career it is one of the three films he’s directed that has won best film. The film follows the life of Alvy Singer, the young comedian who was raised under a roller-coaster. It’s surprising then that the film is called Annie Hall.

Alvy has had his share of bad relationships over the years. In one of his relationships, he was more interested in JFK’s assassination than having intercourse. He has a tendency to get aggravated at the smallest events. Whether it be the smug movie goer spewing his opinion over films or charismatic, music managers swooning over his woman, Alvy has his share of ticks.

…its the experiences the couple share that are the most memorable.

Then, one day, it happens. At a couples tennis match he meets Annie Hall. Annie let’s the audience into her mind, letting us know of her insecurities and interest in Alvy. Everything seems lovely, trapping lobsters together and enjoying the same movies. Alvy has a problem with being happy, trying to change Annie to be his perfect image of a woman. He convinces Annie to start taking adult education classes because he questions her intelligence. He also suddenly realizes that Annie must smoke weed in order to enjoy sex. It’s the little things that will undermine his life.

This film has been on my watch list for years. It could be argued that in the last year, Woody Allen has released his best film in twenty years, with Midnight in Paris. More than ever I wanted to see the film that started it all. I’m not sure Allen’s approach, narrating his experiences, was new for the time or not. Certainly it has been used countless times since. As in most films of this ilk, its the experiences the couple share that are the most memorable. I’ve been in the same situation when attacking spiders that’s for sure.

Diane Keaton won an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for playing Annie Hall. Whereas she was excellent in the Godfather films, Annie Hall allowed the audience to explore her as the centerpiece in a feature. Struggling with her own feelings of love and a journey of personal growth, she’s unsure of what she really wants in her life. Alvy convinced Annie to change and in doing so, she grew apart from him.

Annie Hall is deserving of much of the praise it has received over the years. I haven’t seen enough of Woody Allen’s films to accurately rate them, but I’d love to see more from this era of his career. Examining relationships Alvy Singer wonders, “Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.” Even though relationships are crazy, most of us need them.

[Film 1 in the 2012 Blind Spot Series]

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    La-dee-da, La-dee-da…

    I wasn't too sure what to make of ANNIE HALL when I first watched it fifteen years ago, but few films have grown on me as much as this one. I'm not sure I was ready for Allen's brand of humour back then, but it certainly lands for me now. And of course, as a film lover, I've long wanted to pull the trick shown above in that photo you've chosen.

    You have it as a "4" now. I'd wager that after another watch or two, it could climb to a "5".

    (PS – Have you seen MANHATTAN?)


      I guess I can see it being better as time goes on. There's other films I've felt that way about for sure. Certified Copy being the most recent example. I haven't seen Manhattan yet, but since that's another one of his academy award winning films, I'd be interested in checking it out. Could it be better than this?


    I find Allen's work to be a breath of fresh air, after watching drama after drama it's so wonderful to sit down an watch a little Allen flick. He is a great actor, director, and especially screenwriter, the scripts to his films are fantastic. Good review!


      You make a good point. I had no idea what I wanted to watch last night so I just ended up watching BBC shows. It would've been nice to do an easy movie, but Criterion doesn't have any of those lol.


    Manhattan is great – and Ryan's experience of Annie Hall is typically true with most people.

    I've seen the film twice now and I enjoy it more everytime. My blu-ray copy of the picture just arrived this week, so I'll have to watch and write about it.

    Great review.


      I'm not sure I want to blind buy it, but I will watch it soon. It is now on my too watch list. Thanks for coming by Sam.


    Good one, Max. I saw Annie Hall for the first time last year. I thought it was certainly a well-made movie, but Alvy Singer really started to get on my nerves after a while. I have only seen a few Woody Allen movies, but I have yet to get into his style of humor. Maybe I should watch Manhattan, as Matt and Sam have suggested.


    Besides Midnight In Paris and Annie Hall. I highly recomend "Purple Rose of Cairo", "Match Point" and "Zelig". Nice post btw

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