Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I just watched Sleeper the other day.  It’s an early film from Woody Allen about a frozen man and a dystopian future.  I absolutely loved it!  I had forgotten just how great Woody Allen was back then.  Not only that, but I had absolutely no idea that Diane Keaton was ever so good looking or so hilarious.  It’s crazy!  Now one of his new movies is available for the first time on DVD.

Starting this January 27th, now available on DVD from Mediapro Productions and The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment comes the latest Woody Allen movie.  Vicky Cristina Barcelona is ready to sleep its way into your living room and show you a great time about sex, love and maybe a tiny bit of comedy.  Bring home this newest film from a legendary mind today!

Vicky and Cristina are two college friends, eagerly spending a summer together with distant relatives in Barcelona.  They meet artist Juan Antonio, who begins to look forward to hooking up with either or both of them.  Cristina is excited, yet Vicky is understandably wary.  They go to a small Spanish town with Juan Antonio, yet after Cristina falls ill, it is Vicky who sleeps with him.  When they get back, he hooks up with Cristina who ends up even moving in with him.  Then Juan Antonio’s volatile ex-wife moves back in too and the three start a relationship, which eventually ends.  What could possibly come next?

This film does not include any special features, which left me completely heartbroken.  As this film demonstrates, I would eagerly watch anything extra with Penelope Cruz or Patricia Clarkson or especially Scarlett Johansson in it.  That was an opportunity put to waste.  Also, I would hope for a little extra from Woody Allen himself, but that’s because I am increasingly more enamored with his early films when he himself was acting.

I was excited for this film from when I first heard about it.  A movie with Scarlett Johansson in it is always a cause for celebration, not to mention the hot chick from Frost/Nixon, the hot chick Tom Cruise hooked up with right after Nicole Kidman and the killer from No Country For Old Men.  Then I found out that Woody Allen was directing and writing it and became a little less enthusiastic.  I wasn’t too big a fan of his last movie, but I still think Allen has the ability to make a fantastic film every now and again.  Yet he certainly stumbled with this one.  As is sometimes the case with a Woody Allen movie, the film is overly reliant on the omniscient narrator who is not a character in the film and has nothing to do with the story at all.  Also, in the signature characteristic of Allen’s writing, the characters are all far too verbose, talking about everything under the sun yet saying so very little.  What results is a romantic comedy that just ends up being quite sad.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a disappointing film.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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