Monday, March 19, 2012


Hello everybody, I just watched Manhattan. This movie stars Woody Allen and was released in 1979.

The first thing I noticed about this movie was that it was shot in black and white. Isaac, Woody Allen's character, mentions in the opening monologue that he always pictures Manhattan in black-and-white with music from George Gershwin. Out of all of the elements in this movie, the cinematography seemed to be the greatest. The intro portrays black and white postcard-esque images of the bustling town, complete with Ershwin's soothing music, lights, and cars. The images later in the film also exemplify the amazing camera work, especially the scene in the space museum. This movie is truly a work of art.
The acting is phenomenal for some of the characters, but also quite average for some others, in my opinion.
While this movie is not a-laugh-a-minute, I still found it funny occasionally. The subplot about Isaac's ex-wife, her becoming a lesbian, her writing a book about Isaac and her love life, and Isaac apparently attempting to run over her new lover was quite hilarious.
This movie flows very smoothly, and ends with somewhat of a cliffhanger. The story, albeit sounding slightly cliche and strange according to today's society (a 42 year old man dating a 17 year old girl), was great. Overall, I'll give this movie a 8.5/10.

Please let me know what you think of anything, be it my review quality, or a differing opinion in the comments section below.