Certified Classics: Manhattan

“Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point.”

Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)

With Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep.

I finally got around to watching the movie that many critics and “experts” claim to be Woody Allen’s second masterpiece, alongside his seminal Annie Hall. In Manhattan, we see Woody struggle to juggle the relationships with the three women in his life – his now-lesbian ex-wife (Streep), his friend’s former mistress (Keaton) and a smarter than usual high schooler (Hemingway) – set to the backdrop of the city he loves.  It’s got plenty of the signature Allen humor and charm, but I wouldn’t rank it on the same level as Annie Hall.  The banter just isn’t as entertaining and the central relationships don’t feel as authentic, especially since it is supposed to be his most personal film.

Rating: 8/10

RIYL: Woody Allen (duh!), Before Sunrise/Sunset.


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