Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cassandra's Dream

Two middle-class English brothers are distracted by Hayley Atwell (above with Ewan McGregor) and gambling debts (Colin Farrell) respectively in the first Woody Allen movie I've ever seen in which I wanted the characters to sound more like Woody Allen characters. The two are lured into committing a murder by their rich uncle (Tom Wilkinson) with the promise of financial security and spend the rest of the movie fretting about the morality of it all. It isn't exactly Crimes and Misdemeanors but the movie is reasonably gripping until the end, when Allen grows weary of the recycled dilemma he has created and ends the movie too abruptly. Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Phil Davis (a Mike Leigh repertory player) add texture in supporting roles. Farrell continues his good 2008 work; In Bruges is coincidentally next on my Netflix queue.

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