Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem

About one in three movies made by Woody Allen is a masterpiece. The remaining two are terrible. Yet, that one which is a masterpiece, is loved by some, loathed by others.

What I am trying to say is that, Allen’s work is polarizing. You either adore it or hate it.

Vicki Cristina Barcelona is one of his best works. Allen weaves a bizarre story, which is kind of his trademark, but this time, he reveals an awful lot about people, which is why we enjoy stories in the first place.

People.

People and the choices they make. People and their feelings. People and the way they become defined by those choices and feelings.

This movie is one of the sexiest pieces of art you will ever have the good luck of admiring. It is sensual in a way that it is impossible to define, but well worth experiencing. Also, underneath it many layers of frailty, it is a story of love and conquest. Or is it just conquest?

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, everything in life is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power.

We sometimes have to give up our power to get what we want, or maybe we do so in the hopes of getting what we want. Or because we can’t help it.

Do we really decide who we want and why?

Are we free in that regard? When it comes to matters of the heart? Or are we simply puppets on strings?

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  1. I watched this movie a couple of years ago, I remember enjoying it a lot. It was very interesting, as is every Allen movie. I love that its centered in Spain…. I definitely need to watch it again now aha. Great questions to think about while watching the movie btw!

  2. I don’t remember liking any of Woody Allen’s movie. I Don’t understand his work. The worst for me was I think Melinda and Melinda and the other one in Paris (I forgot the title). I love Scarlett Johanson, I think she acts very well, the same for Bardem and Cruz, and they play their roles so well that they make me feel uncomfortable with what’s going on. Maybe I should Watch a few Allen’s again. I was quite Young then, maybe with age, I’ll get him better. Or not.

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