Archive for the ‘Will Ferrell’ Category

Melinda And Melinda

02 Feb

Melinda and Melinda – directed by Woody Allen – Comedy. Two different writers imagine a woman two different ways. 105 minutes color 2004.


Badly written, this Woody Allen piece is scripted to make everyone sound like Woody Allen. Now Woody Allen is feckless squirt, a cartoon, always the same as a cartoon must be. But his lines cannot be put in the mouth of big galoot like Will Ferrell. Ferrell falls into the trap of the rhythm of them, but he has no interior backing for them. Another problem is that the writing provides us with no one to care about. Everyone is rendered on the level of a West Side Manhattan Apartment Lobby. You can’t get past it because of the doorman, played by Allen himself. The main character is played by one Radha Mitchell who hams it up at every turn. Finally, the pretext of the film is that the same situation, seen by a writer of tragedy and a writer of comedy, would unfold quite differently. But the fact is that there is no difference in tone, performance level, style, or writing, between these two halves, and so watching a piece without contrast we are duped by the premise.


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