Top positive review
Another triumph for Woody Allen.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018
One of Woody Allen’s strongest films in years. Laugh out load funny. He found a young actor who imitates him superbly. As usual with Allen, great insights about innate sex differences: Women’s lust for powerful and commanding men, and men’s lust for beautiful and youthful women. Nothing new hear for those who study history and anthro. Universal fertility values. But good to see a frank treatment by a Lion of film making. Such candor is rare today. The story hinges on the contrast of Hollywood new money, based on glamour, with New York old money based culture and serous, deep education. We can see today who won that conflict.
There is also a sustained meditation on human nature’s “crooked timber” or inclination toward conflict, and the subsequent need for the rule of law, and peaceful resolution of conflict Of course, this debate was started in ancient Athens, and Plato’s treatment of the just state has yet to be surpassed.