Every Friday I recommend an entertaining, slow-paced movie from no later than 1985 to help you unwind at the end of the week in our fast-paced world.
“Annie Hall” is very fun for the most part, mainly because it is the antithesis of romantic comedies like “When Harry Met Sally.” “Annie Hall” is not a movie about how Hollywood thinks people are. It comes from a much more honest place, like 2000’s “Love & Sex” with Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau. It’s not about the zany ways men and women differ; it’s about people. Even if “Annie Hall” were about much lighter material, it would be just as good, because it means what it’s saying.
In “Annie Hall,” both Woody Allen’s Alvy and Diane Keaton’s Annie are characters with real dimensions. They are each distinct, interesting individuals who become believably connected and bring the audience along on a very nuanced journey.
Not only does the story have many great, creative points to talk about, but it implements and makes the most of them through a collection of just as creative technical and pacing strategies that are very different from one another yet actually fit together very well, and are also backed by some nice surprises in the acting department. The movie is able to be exceptionally lively while being about something.
But best of all, even in its heavier moments, “Annie Hall” is a different kind of moving. It achieves its drama not with tears, but with matter-of-fact memories—both positive and negative—and growth. It’s very objective, yet incredibly close and heartfelt, and, like our best memories in life, leaves us with much more than bittersweet.
And that’s a good movie night.
After all that, if you still need something retro to satisfy your movie appetite until next week, check out my previous recommendations:
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