Once again Woody Allen takes a shocking headline and creates a plot and characters so intriguing that the headline becomes the backdrop. Once again, I got so caught up in the movie's events that I didn't see it coming. Kate Blanchett is absolutely brilliant in this role. Whenever I try to write about Woody Allen's movies, I'm reduced to Chris Farley's SNL character, "Wasn't that good?" "Wasn't it really amazing how he did that?" "Didn't you just love, love, love this movie?" So here I am... Isn't it amazing how his movies become more sophisticated over time? And by sophisticated, I do not mean stuffy. I mean complexities woven together in a way so that they seem effortlessly put together and they are effortlessly watchable on many levels? Isn't it really incredible the way that he does that? After watching Crimes and Misdemeanors, I remember thinking, "Well, there's nowhere to go but down for this guy." Seriously. How could someone do any better than that? However, Allen is continually honing his craft, getting better and better, and it is a joy to watch. I'm not a film critic. I'm just a housewife in Kentucky. And, I've seen this movie about eight times. The weaving of the tragic and the comic and the poignant is just inspiring. BTW, Andrew Dice Clay was another brilliant casting decision. I thought his performance was profound and heartbreaking. I loved everything about this movie!