Sunday, April 26, 2015

Everyone Says I Love You

Movie Name: Everyone Says I Love You
Year of Release: 1996
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, Natasha Lyonne, Alan Alda, Gaby Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Lukas Haas, Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Tim Roth, David Ogden Stiers,
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 9

After "Mighty Aphrodite", Woody Allen's 1996 release, "Everyone Says I Love You" was a fantastic come back to good form, in what turned out to be a celebratory and musical film. The film focuses on a group of characters, starting with Joe and his daughter DJ. DJ's mom, Steffi, has remarried and has a new family with Bob: they have a large family that also includes Skylar, Lane and Laura. Skylar is about to marry Holden, while Joe has gone through another separation, which prompts him to go to Venice, where he meets the beautiful Von. He ingratiates himself to her, and makes her believe he's the man of her dreams. These romantic complications start to unravel the lives of all these characters. 
Woody Allen's productive status during the 90s continued, and after the success of "Bullets Over Broadway" and the divisive "Mighty Aphrodite", "Everyone Says I Love You" was a beautiful ode to romance and the power of musicals. Woody Allen creates an interwoven narrative, where the characters sing classical torch and romantic songs, that are perfectly suited to each situation they are in. It's reminiscent of the classic Hollywood musicals and features great opportunities for the fantastic cast to have fun and be playful with beautiful songs (amongst the talented cast members belting songs, we have Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn). The cinematography from Carlo DiPalma is stunning, as is this film, that has become one of Allen's staples from the 90s.