Movie Monday: Annie Hall
How much do I love Woody Allen? Do we really want to have this five hour (plus) conversation? Well, first of all, I completely am in love with and relate to to his avid love of literature and classic film, which are both very apparent in any one of his movies. Either his characters discuss or are can be seen immersing themselves in the arts, or he pays subtle homage to some of my favorite directors and writers in the screenplay or directing of most of his own films. Also, humor. Humor in the every day. The realistic banter and usualy normal circumstances from which he weaves simple plots have meaning and leave me spellbound. I like to think my own simple life somewhat reflects the essence of a variety of Woody Allen movies. And with that somewhat obnoxious statement, I will tell you why I love Annie Hall.
To me, Annie Hall speaks mostly about the cycle of life and relationships. The joy of encountering another soul, the sorrow of losing them, and then becoming lost in your own contrived misery and nostalgia for a bit before settling into the realization that it all is simply the essence of life. Life is a series of experiences, and the most meaningful ones are those that involve wonderful people with whom you can pour into one another’s lives in significant ways.
The timing of the movie jumps around quite a bit, as really the whole plot exists in the mind of Woody Allen’s character, Alvy, who has just broken up with Annie Hall, and is, at the beginning of the movie, wrapped up in the comtemplative period which so frequently follows the end of a very life altering relationship. The movie is a bit fantastical, in that the characters randomly will talk to strangers on the street about their feelings, hopes, and fears (encounters which are actually only happening in the character’s mind), and also, there are moments when a character will turn and talk to the camera, or even sometimes what they are really thinking is written in captions at the bottom of the screen. To me, these silly moments are a just another delightful addition of Woody Allen humor that I love so much.
You might be wondering why I haven’t really discussed the storyline of this movie. And really, I guess I haven’t beacuse I don’t think it’s very relevant. It didn’t impact the my opinion about the movie at all. You just really have to love the character of Alvy, or I suppose the movie won’t work for you. And if you love Woody Allen at least a little bit, you will like Alvy. Believe me. Oh, and if you don’t like Woody Allen, you might want to watch this movie for the great (and famous) Allen quotes or the chic ’70s fashion inspiration- complete with ground-breaking bohemian menswear fashion introduced by Diane Keaton’s character, and the movie’s nakesake, Annie Hall. La dee dah. What a gal.