100 movies of 2012

100 movies: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (17/03/12)

Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie and Helena, and their daughter Sally and husband Roy.

I’m not all that well versed in Woody Allen. I remember trying to watch Vicky Cristina Barcelona last year and turned off after about half an hour because I was bored. Oh yes. Thankfully, I managed to make it all the way through this film. Not sure if it was for the better.

Here’s a film that looks at the different stages in relationships and marriages and through it all I just didn’t care for any of the characters. Well, I did have a small connection to Sally, but I honestly couldn’t care less for what anyone else was up to in the film.

I just found them all a little frustrating. What they were doing in their lives and relationships. I wanted to grab them all and give them a massive shake! These days, I’m finding it really hard to get into films when I can’t sympathise with at least one of the characters. I just switch off.

While I’ve not seen many Woody Allen films, so I can’t really compare. But this felt like a bit of a weak film.
Rating: 2/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

23 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like

6 Comments

  • Reply Nostra March 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Although I have not seen this one I remember this one getting some less positive reviews. Just like you there are so many Allen movies I still not have seen, but I regularly try to check one out.

  • Reply The Focused Filmographer March 28, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Glad you reviewed this one for me. I haven’t seen too many of Allen’s films. (I’ve actually only seen the ones starring Scarlett Johansson and then Midnight in Paris).

    Don’t think I’ll be seeing this one. I liked Matchpoint quite a bit myself…and Scoop was just fun.

    • Reply Jaina March 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I’ve heard great things about Match Point. Mostly because it’s a departure from Allen’s usual type of film.

      • Reply Mui Tsun April 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

        I have seen most of Woody Allen’s films and some are better than others. The thing about his films is that the characters always seem a bit unreal to me. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing I’m not sure. Maybe audience in the US can identify with the characters more? I often have the same feeling as yours that I want to take them aside and give them a shake.

        I definitely recommend Match Point!

        • Reply Jaina April 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          Yes! The characters almost feel like extreme versions of what they really are. And yet, all of his characters are set in very real environments.

          Will hunt out Match Point!

  • Reply 100 movies: Midnight in Paris | Time well spent December 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    […] of films I have seen many of. In fact, I think the only other Woody Allen film I’ve seen is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. And that wasn’t a great one at all. Last year I attempted to watch Vicky Cristina Barcelona […]

  • Leave a Reply