5 Best Woody Allen Movies
Woody Allen is one of the most loved moviemakers of all time. He has, over the years, consistently given us entertaining and utterly hilarious movies. He is the kind of director who comes out with a movie every year, and they are all an easy watch. They all have a flavor of Woody Allen in it. His movies speak about the kind of person he is. He has made more than 40 movies in his career, and they are all unique in their own way. Here is an attempt to make a list of his five best movies. This list is not in the order of ranking though, and it doesn’t take away from the fact that all of Woody Allen’s movies are pretty great.
1. Annie Hall
'Annie Hall' is a movie about a couple that goes through various ups and downs. It was a movie way ahead of its times. Woody Allen has redefined cinema in his own subtle ways with his movies, and 'Annie Hall' was one such movie. This movie is timeless, and still happens to be a favorite after 37 years of its release. The movie is a wonderful balance between the absurd moviemaking style of Woody Allen (in which he told his own absurd stories) and the perfect rom-com. With a little bit of liberty here, this movie is being called a rom-com! It was actually a highly evolved romantic venture. The movie deals with serious themes in the most humorous manner. It was also a movie with meta-fictive elements; whether it was Woody Allen talking to the audience in between conversations, or the portions where Walken would be driving and the subtitles would reveal what he was actually thinking. The chemistry between Woody Allen and Diane Keaton was never this great. They were bang-on perfect! Also, this is one movie in which Diane Keaton overshadowed Allen with her wonderful performance. She was playing a character that was going to become iconic in the coming years, and she probably knew that somewhere. In fact, she won an Academy Award as well for her performance.
2. Midnight In Paris
‘Midnight In Paris’ is one of his later movies. Woody Allen has over the years made movies quite similar to each other, yet he has definitely evolved as a writer as well as a director. 'Midnight In Paris' was his visual poetry at its best. It is a story about a writer who believes he is not born in the right era. He always craves to live in the past. The movie deals with the concept of magical realism, and makes it one of Allen’s greatest movies in the recent times. He has always obsessed over cities. He always wanted to make a movie on one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A lot of directors have attempted to portray Paris in a different light. But the way Allen kept it classical, and yet so original, is quite commendable. The plot is quite imaginative and is a treat for fans of literature. The movie has exceptional cinematography and the actors were at their best.
3. Blue Jasmine
This is the most recent movie Woody Allen directed. This movie goes on to show how Woody Allen has still not lost his touch. It gives us some of the darkest and the most complex characters. It takes grey shades to a whole new level. Cate Blanchett has outdone herself with this movie. She also received an Academy Award for her performance. She obviously had Woody Allen to thank for that. The movie on the surface is about a woman who was used to a lavish lifestyle, but post her divorce with her rich husband is forced to stay with her not-so-well-to-do sister. That is when hell breaks loose for her, and the story is about how she deals with all of it. Her journey is hilarious and beautifully painful. The movie stays with you for some time. It is pretty intense and dark.
4. Match Point
When Allen made 'Match Point', everyone was pretty amused and taken aback. 'Match Point' was not like anything Woody Allen had made so far. He attempted a serious movie about love, betrayal, murder, and he did a bloody good job with it! The movie starred his muse Scarlett Johansson. It is the kind of movie that will keep you on the edge of your seats till the very end. It is a movie about questionable morality and ethics, and Allen has dealt with them in a splendid manner. In fact, traces of how he is capable of making a 'Blue Jasmine' could be seen in this movie. This was the beginning a new kind of Woody Allen movies.
5. Vicky Christina Barcelona
This is a light hearted, happy-go-lucky movie. It looks beautiful from the first to the last frame. It is a travel movie, and after watching it, you want to go to every location where the movie is shot. The movie is also extremely sensual. It deals with polygamy, cheating and other interesting things related to relationships. Allen has over the years mastered how to show these things with a pinch of salt. The cast of the movie is pretty interesting, and they have added a lot of character and color to the movie. The movie has great music and is a slice of life kind of watch. Only, that the slice is extremely scrumptious!
Woody Allen has made so many movies over the years, and his consistency is commendable. He has almost every year given us some really interesting movies to watch. Considering that he writes all his movies on his own, it is incredible that he managed to do one hell of a task in writing about so many wonderful lives and characters in his whole career. Hats off to this one moviemaker who can actually write for people of any age. He has a sense of humor unparalleled to any moviemaker in the west. He is certainly one of the most talented writers and moviemakers of Hollywood.