Annie Hall is a film that gets tossed around as one of the best of all time. It is the second Woody Allen film that I’ve seen and the first one with Woody Allen in it. I really loved the cynical, squirmy character that Allen played and a lot of the techniques in the film are very interesting. I’m not sure if it is a little dated or if something just didn’t connect with me completely enough, but I felt Annie Hall is Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy.
Annie Hall Plot Overview
Alvy Singer is a neurotic New York stand-up comedian that falls in love with Annie Hall. The story is told by Singer as he reflects back on failed relationships and focuses heavily on the one with Annie.
There are some really great moments in the film. The insights Allen brings via his character are often hilarious. I felt an odd kinship with the character as I often feel overly cynical and often anxious about…well, everything. The connection with the character definitely made me really laugh on multiple occasions and I found the film rather funny.
Diane Keaton is a solid actress in many films, but the character she was playing annoyed me more than I expected throughout the course of the film. Keaton’s performance or the characters mannerisms, I’m not sure which to be honest, felt disingenuous at times and I think that’s why this film didn’t get the Must See rating. I wasn’t connected enough to the story as Annie is an integral part of it and I didn’t really like her. There were moments sure, but not enough to make me hope they ended up together.
My favorite scene is one I experience far too often and it’s Woody Allen and Diane Keaton standing in line at a movie theater. There is a guy standing behind Allen who is just going on and on about a film. He essentially sounds like he is just regurgitating content he read and it is annoying Allen greatly. Allen breaks the fourth wall quite a bit in this film and in this scene had me laughing multiple times as I often find myself in front of a person who just won’t shut up. The scene ends with Allen being confronted by the guy, but Allen flips the script and brings out the director the guy was bashing. Allen looks to the camera and says something along the lines of “Too bad real life isn’t like this.”
I’m glad that I was finally able to check this one off my watch list. I definitely enjoyed a lot of aspects of this film. I was also happy I saw the young Jeff Goldblum moment where he is an extra. I wanted this film to end up being one of my favorites, but it just didn’t land perfectly. Still, I really did enjoy it and I’m glad I’ve added it to my collection.