You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.
“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” is the latest from Woody Allen. And if you’re expecting humor, or even a couple of guffaws, you’re in the wrong movie. It’s got a great cast. It’s got Antonio Banderas as a wealthy, suave gallery owner. Josh Brolin as a medical doctor who has decided not to practice medicine, but write the great American novel. Anthony Hopkins, who is a man of a certain age, who decides that he wants to cheat death by finding a younger woman. The great English actress Gemma Jones plays his wife, who’s been thrown over. Freida Pinto plays the attractive woman across the apartment from Josh Brolin, who is increadibly crude, but somehow she finds him adorable. Lucy Punch becomes Anthony Hopkins’s new inamorata, and eventually, his wife. And Naomi Watts plays Josh Brolin’s wife, who is basically getting fed up with the fact that he’s not bringing home any money.
This movie has nobody that you’ll like or root for. It’s really a very negative view of the universe. And Woody Allen has always somewhat of a misogynistic view in his movies, but he’s always leavened it with at least satire or humor. This one is just plodding nastiness. I give it one star.