You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, (UK 2010)
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin
Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, Hollywood Multiplex, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni
This is another failed attempt from iconic director Woody Allen to get back on the track after several disappointments over the past years (maybe the most notable of them is “Match Point,” which kicked off the director’s British series of flops). And, although with a cast that reeks of talent and vitality, this one manages to prove that maybe, as a director, Allen has nothing more left to say.
But the film does not lack self- deprecating humour. It begins with a quote from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” and it proves to be quite prophetic in this sense. Shortly, the film focuses on two unhappily married couples and all the tribulations of adult love in modern day.
Allen moves his cast around like pieces in a chess game and, as usual, he gets terrific performances from each. Although the director can still be amusing and clever, you cannot evade the feeling that this is a pointless exercise in cinematic disappointment.
The Green Hornet, (USA 2010)
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristof Waltz, Cameron Diaz
Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Hollywood Multiplex, CinemaPRO, Patria, Samsung IMAX, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni
You may be attracted to this movie by the sheer goofball personality of actor Seth Rogen. The Green Hornet is a D-list comic-book hero desperately aiming for franchise gold. The result is disappointing and the film turns out to be a forgettable slice of multiplex cheap entertainment. It is targeted directly to an audience of teenage boys with confidence issues. One would have expected more imagination from a director like Michel Gondry but overall, everything about it is disappointing. Ultimately, what this film manages to prove is that not all comic books are suitable for a cinematic reinvention.