For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
Narrated by Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), the charming neurotic middle-aged two-time divorcee, “Annie Hall” explores the difficulty of relationships. It says how they are never as bad as we thought they were once broken up, or never as good as we think they will be while in them. The film centers on the relationship between Alvy and the awkward titular character, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). The film starts after the two have been dating for awhile, and the everyday minor annoyances are becoming the big elephant in the room. The cracks in the relationship form and grow. It’s only a matter of time before they break up, then get back together, then break up again. The ending leaves us with the pleasant melancholy that can come from remembering a past relationship- or a closed chapter in our life.
Both Keaton’s and Allen’s performances are great. They were friends in real life, who had dated briefly and the vibrancy and comfort of that real relationship shines through on screen. This film is all about their relationship- and is why Allen was disappointed with the result. According to him it was meant to be about what goes on inside a guy’s mind. I however, thought it was a great relationship movie. Case in point, I did not recognize Diane Keaton as the lead actress for the entire film and she is one of my favorite actresses. In line with that thought- Jeff Goldblum was in a shot for approximately 4.3 seconds and I recognized him instantly. Clearly I missed 90% of the enjoyment of this film, so I immediately pushed ‘play’ again and watched it with fresh eyes. I feel like this is a film some might try to over-analyze, like some of the characters do for films in the movie. At the end of the day I think this movie is just Woody Allen being Woody Allen- creating a clever and interesting film with a good plot.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: