Monday, August 18, 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Plot: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. (courtesy of

Let me start by saying, of all the Europeans spots I have been (and there are a few but not many), Barcelona is the only place I would ever fully commit to moving to. It's utterly enchanting and has the benefits of being close to the beach but also being a city. That said, the allure to see Woody Allen's new film, 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona,' was high and it turned out to be exactly what I needed one quiet Friday afternoon. This summer, like every other summer, has been so filled with high action/comedy blockbusters that it was nice to sit in the sun of 'Barcelona" if only for an hour and a half. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are fantastic -- their passion is pulpable, Rebecca Hall is a good new find but Scarjo is the weak link. Not awful but not very good, it goes to show you what some great hair, some curves and a sexy bravado will get you in Hollywood. Charming and beautfully shot, this is a nice albeit fleeting relief from the usual summer fare.
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