Entertainment behind the scenes
Woody Allen is a one-man creative factory. But the 73-year-old acclaimed director who made the 1977 classic “Annie Hall”cannot please the critics with every new film. Now, reviewers are accusing him of an artistic breakdown over his newest movie ”Whatever Works,” a comedy opening in limited U.S. release on Friday.
It is Allen’s first movie set in his native New York since the 2005 “Melinda and Melinda,” and it tells of a misanthropic man, portrayed by Larry David, who marries a younger woman.
Allen’s last film, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” was a hit with critics and at the box office, earning $23 million in the U.S. and Canada and another $70 million internationally, where the director has a more ardent fan base. It was his biggest success in years, although the 2005 philosophical thriller “Match Point” came close with a worldwide gross at box offices of $85 million. The question is, will Allen sustain that success with his latest film?
The critics don’t think so.
“‘Whatever Works’ feels like something out of time and, worse, out of step,” Peter Travers wrote in Rolling Stone magazine.