4.29.2009

Manhattan : 5 of 5

Even though Woody Allen's Manhattan is one of my all-time favorite movies, for some reason I never got around to buying the DVD (I rented and reviewed it back in 2000, so this is kind of a duplicate review). But after stumbling upon some random comments on the film on a another blog, I decided it was finally time to get it off my Amazon Wish List and I finally bought it! Every time I watch this movie I'm always amazed at the experience, which is funny, thoughtful, beautiful, artistic, and even psychologically healing at the same time. I love to enjoy the black & white visuals, marveling at the many stationary wide shots, as well as the incredible look of several iconic scenes, such as the moonscape in the planetarium, the surreal Central Park carriage ride at night, and of course the Brooklyn Bridge sunrise. The nature of the dialogue is almost soothing to me, and it's filled with so many great lines, from the hilarious "I go to high school" and "We'll trade fours" (those lines make sense in the content of their scenes) to the fantastic final line "You have to have a little faith in people", which always blows me away (and often brings on happy tears as the credits roll). Of course, the quintessential moment of the movie is when Isaac makes his list of "Why is life worth living?", naming great actors, books, music, and paintings, and Manhattan has without a doubt become a film that's part of that list for me. I don't think I could ever watch it too many times, and I'm glad it's finally in my DVD collection where it belongs.

2 comments:

  1. Great review. I have never seen Manhattan, but I noticed it's on Netflix "View it Now". Maybe tonight I will watch it.

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  2. Hope you like it! You never know what other people will think when you praise something so much, but it speaks to me like Lost in Translation and other bittersweet films like that.

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