Woody Allen's films always give you a look
and feel that have become his trademark.
As this film opens, two playwrights--one
prefers drama, the other likes comedy--are debating about how
the story should be told.
Melinda and Melinda is two 45-minute movies in one, told two ways.
I found the film satisfying and enjoyed
Allen's way of weaving adult relationships together in a deeply
With a limited distribution, Woody Allen's
Melinda and Melinda tells the dual story of comedy and
But the comedy quickly turns tragic and
the tragedy is sometimes funny.
It's Allen at his optimistic/pessimistic
best, channeling himself through Will Farrell with mixed results.
The bright spot is Australian actress Radha
Mitchell playing the title roles.
It's far better than recent efforts, but
Mr. Allen' seems to be stuck in the 90s doing the same old schtick.
This romantic comedy/drama is about the
woman, Melinda, whose sad & humorous tales take place in
She is surrounded by two separate sets
of characters and cast members.
Once the clumsy setups for the stories
are out of the way, the movie builds up a very good head of steam.
The director/writer then uses his craft
and ability to spin out a romantic plot of adultery and heartbreak.
Then in alternating scenes he creates two versions of the same
story--one comic, the other tragic.