Stanley (Firth) is a renowned magician who, at the behest of his friend Howard (McBurney) travels to the South of France to debunk a young American spiritualist Sophie (Stone). A wealthy young man Brice (Linklater) is so besotted by Sophie that he is on the verge of proposing marriage and thus allowing her access to his family’s vast fortune.
And Allen-esque hilarity ensues!
Set in the 1920’s, at the height of the spiritualist craze, this movie is a feast for the eyes. All soft focus and pastels and rose gardens and gorgeous French Riviera scenery, it was pure delight to sink back and just drink in the tranquil beauty.
Emma Stone, with her pale, pale skin and wide eyed charm, was made for this role. All dewy and sweet with an intellect as sharp as a tack, Sophie is challenged by Stanley that he can perform all her tricks himself. Sophie impishly quips ‘ just because you are duplicating my miracles doesn’t prove they are not real.’ This is enough to have Stanley doubt his own reasoning.
While this movie has charm and a some laughs, it lacks the bite of its most recent predecessor Blue Jasmine, which saw Cate Blanchett walk away with a Best Actress Oscar. Perhaps its the fact that its a period piece and the 1920’s were, from a gaze across almost a century, a gentler more serene time. There were also some rather lengthy introspective monologues that slowed down the already meandering pace.
Now as much as I love
Mr Darcy Colin Firth, his pairing with the much, much younger Stone was more than slightly discomforting and quite frankly unappealing. But I did enjoy both of their characters both singularly and in their scenes together. I just didnt like the romantic angle. It’s my review so I can like and dislike in equal measure 😉
I didn’t not enjoy this movie, I just didnt like it as much as I thought I would. And that disappointed me. I’m sure all the Woody Allen fans will adore it but for me, it just lacked some chutzpah.
Love Flick xx
Director : Woody Allen
Starring : Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Catherine McCormack, Eileen Atkins, Erica Leerhsen, Jeremy Shamos, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver
Running Time : 97 minutes
Release Date : 28 August 2014