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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Blu-ray Review

Woody Allen’s latest flick is slight, but it manages to holds your interest from start to finish.

“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” is a dramedy that explores infidelity, divorce, fate, and the strange detours that life takes. The stories told within the film:

1. An aging man named Alfie dumps his wife for a younger woman.

2. Alfie’s married daughter (Sally) falls for her married boss.

3. Sally’s husband (Roy) falls for a musician with a fiance (Dia) and struggles to write a new novel

4. Alfie’s now ex-wife (Helena) attempts to move on with her life with the help of a fortune teller.

While an interesting film with some fairly deep themes, “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” feels very stagey and slight when it’s all said and done. I think the problem for me is that some stories are more interesting than others. For instance, I thought Josh Brolin’s tale was easily the highlight here. Not only did Brolin pull out a great layered performance here, but his character journey was the most interesting. In all honesty, I wish the entire film was about his character.

Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto (of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame) also shine here as Sally and Dia. It’s nice to see Watts doing films again after a fairly quiet last few years. As for Pinto, she definitely has a bright future. It will be interesting to see what she does next.

As for the stories I didn’t care for, I can’t say I was thrilled by Alfie and Helena’s tale. Granted, they were pivotal to the story, but the performances by Anthony Hopkins (Alfie) and Gemma Jones (Helena) left me cold. Hopkins looked like he was sleepwalking through the film and Jones was annoying throughout (although that may have been the point).

Summary: If you are a Woody Allen fan, you should give “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” a rent. It’s not classic Allen, but it’s better than most films these days.

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is solid, but once again, the ultra heightened colors that plague certain Sony Blu-ray discs are present here. See the orange skin tones of Josh Brolin if you don’t believe me.

This DTS-HD audio track contains clear sounding music and dialogue which is all you can want from an Allen film.

The only extras are trailers for “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” and “Barney’s Version”. This disc also has BD-Live capabilities.

February 19, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Anthony hopkins is definetely one of the best actors these days, this guy is very talented. :””,

    My own blog

    Comment by Brad Futral | October 10, 2012 | Reply

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