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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Dir. Woody Allen

If you want to feel better about yourself, this is a perfect movie for you.

A marriage is one big failure. Every couple breaks up big time. First, we meet Helena (Gemma Jones) and Alfie (Anthony Hopkins). It’s a painfully typical story: after 40 years, Alfie goes thru a middle (or rather, old) age crisis, which clearly results in dumping his wife and getting married to a blond bimbo (Lucy Punch). Helena feels she’s a loser because her husband leaves. She can’t find a place for herself until she visits a fortuneteller Cristal (Pauline Collins) — after all, everything is in the planets. Alfie is also a loser. He finds himself a real gold-digger, who almost sucks him dry. What’s funny about it is that Helena blabs about her past incarnations, the planets, and Cristal’s supernatural talents though everybody believes Cristal’s a phony. As for Alfie, he tries to behave like he’s 30 again, but among other incidents, an incident with one blue pill proves he’s fooling himself.

Second, we meet their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and her husband Roy (Josh Brolin). Their marriage fails, as well. They’re terribly mismatched. He wants to think about himself as an aspiring, promising writers, but, in fact, he fails as a writer. She wants to think that she potentially has a chance to have a love affair with her hot boss Greg (Antonio Banderas), but it’s only in her head. They’re both losers. What’s funny about them is that he believes he outsmarted the entire publishing industry by stealing his friend’s brilliant manuscript, but the joke is really on him. And, Sally has her fantasies about her boss until she finds out it’s all illusions. Finally, there’s Dia (Freida Pinto), a lovely musicologist, who steals Roy’s heart. She fails in her life decisions, too. She dumps her perfect fiancé and chooses Roy, who, in the end, proves to be the biggest loser — he couldn’t keep his marriage, get a job, and steal and publish somebody else’s novel.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a smart, hilarious, and snappy comment about marriage. It turns out each of the characters fails no matter what they do. If things are not well, they can only go worse. Apart from all the comic situations, Woody Allen gives us glimpses of paintings, opera houses, things we would call high art. He also takes us on a trip through charming London streets and parks. As always, it feels good to spend time in Allen’s world — in his world, even losers can be funny and fantastic!

Long days, pleasant nights,

Veronica Bazydlo

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