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Jun 24

Number 171: Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall is number 171 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Woody Allen and stars Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Annie Hall is rated PG.Annie Hall

Kenny’s Review

One of the great things about going through all these great movies is that occasionally I get to come across one that I had not previously seen.  Probably like most guys the idea of sitting down to watch a romantic comedy starring and directed by Woody Allen is not really high on our priority list so going into this movie I was a little apprehensive even though it did win the Oscar for best picture in 1977 beating out my beloved Star Wars.  Annie Hall was surprisingly good and though I would not classify myself as a Woody Allen fan just yet, watching Annie Hall did open me to the idea of watching more of his movies.

Annie Hall centers on the characters Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) a Jewish stand-up wisecracking neurotic comic who is in all things a New Yorker and his on/off relationship with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) who is his complete opposite.  The movie examines their relationship in an extremely personally way that it ended up making me feel like I was a friend watching their lives unfold.

Even though I had never seen Annie Hall before the movie felt strangely familiar and that is when I realized just how popular Annie Hall must have been during its time because so many lines have slipped into the lexicon of directors and screenwriters that came after.  In a lot of ways Annie Hall reminded me of the television show Seinfield because in the end Annie Hall is a show about nothing just a small blur in the life of Alvy Singer, and maybe that is why I liked it so much.  I give Annie Hall four and half stars out of five.
4 and a half shells

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