Odd Joke of a Movie
Snoogans - wrote on 05/26/16
Initially, I wasn't completely on board with the story. A majority of the first half plays like a typical drama about a middle-aged man loosing some sense of purpose, while becoming romantically involved with a younger woman - something I'd expect from Woody Allen's recent output. It's not played completely serious. There's a free nature about the progression of character. I was liking the dialogue, but not much else. It's not until the second half unfolds that this almost turns into a different film. A new plot takes shape that sees our character find a very unconventional means towards happiness. The idea is amusing because of the juxtaposition of his newfound positivity being linked with something so negative. Watching him fail to handle the secrecy of his acts makes his downfall worthy in the eyes of rational thinking people. The way in which the film concludes has me feeling like the whole thing was just a setup for a punchline. I feel like I'm one of the few who sort of appreciated the joke, even if the film was mostly minor fluff meant for passing the time. At least, that's how I see it.