10 for 30: Broadway Danny Rose


Broadway Danny Rose

Many moons ago I decided to do a blog series for this year, watching and reviewing films that are also turning 30 years old today.

Here’s a few words on the second film in this blog series – Broadway Danny Rose.

Broadway Danny Rose is the story of Danny Rose, small time agent in New York who’d represent pretty much anyone. Danny Rose is played by Woody Allen, himself. The comedy ensues when Danny has to deliver Lou, one of his clients – a lounge singer, his mistress to one of his biggest shows.

Personally, I don’t get along that well with Woody Allen films. To be fair, I’ve seen very few. And mostly his newer films. Though, the last one I saw – Midnight in Paris, was fantastic. Usually, the overly neurotic characters irritate me or there’s just too much Woody Allen in the film.

Broadway Danny Rose

Woody Allen opposite Mia Farrow.

With Woody Allen actually playing the titular role of Danny Rose here, I had some issues. It was like SUPER Woody Allen. Every gesture. Every word that came out of his mouth was almost like fingernails on a blackboard for me. But that was Danny Rose. That was who he was.

Once I got past the irritation and the comedy kicked in, Broadway Danny Rose is a charming little film. It’s light and funny. At times it does feel like you’re watching caricatures of the characters you’re meant to be watching. But the absurdity of some of the situations went together well with that.

The titular Danny Rose

The titular Danny Rose looking as melancholy as he gets in the film.

If anything, Broadway Danny Rose has got me interested in seeing more of Allen’s early work. While I’m still not a Woody Allen fan, I feel like there are some Woody Allen films out there that I could enjoy.

Previous 10 for 30 films

  1. Beverly Hills Cop