Tom Sims, Director of the Cape May Film Festival, reviews “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger”
What can you say about Woody Allen? You either love him or hate him, right? Well, I’m sort of in between. I judge the veteran director/writer/actor on the value of his work. He has no laurels on which to rest with me. Over the course of his fairly decorated career, he has had some real flops, some genius hits, and a wide range in between.
In his latest film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, it is safe to say that if you fall on the “hate him” side of the aforementioned pendulum, it’s best to stay away. This relationship film begins with a typical Allen premise: complicated people in complicated relationships. His character development is nearly always artful, as is his production. In fact, you could say that for a studio film, Allen does consistently maintain an arthouse cinema style. But with Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins in lead roles, you could hardly say this was an indie.
Now this is the part of my review where I usually offer some summary of the storyline. I’ll mention characters, reveal a little of the plot turns, and generally try to give you a sense of the film. Right? Well, let me just sum this film up in one word: kvetching. The Yiddish word that means “to complain, especially chronically.” Despite some interesting plot twists, there was just a lot of complaining in this film. There were some moments of genius (this is Woody Allen, after all) and even some poignant moments, but overall the film was mundane. So Woody Allen fans will find reason to enjoy this film (but not love it), and those who hate Allen will not even go.
Film Festival Wrap-Up: What a blast the Film Festival was! And the fun continues at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, New Jersey. The Cape May Film Festival is one of those programs that is a state-wide favorite, and Noyes is the first stop on our tour throughout the state. In the upcoming year we’ll visit theaters, art galleries, high schools, and other venues.
One of the films we will be showing at the Noyes Museum is the Cape May hit, Someplace Warm, which had its world premiere at the Cape May Film Festival to a packed house who all thought it was fantastic. It turns out John Alvarez, one of the stars of the film, is an alumni of Stockton College, which now runs the Noyes Museum of Art. Join us this Saturday night, November 13, beginning at 6pm with student films. For more information, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 884-6700.