Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson are best friends from the USA spending two months holiday in Spain. They are like chalk and cheese in their attitudes to life and when befriended by Javier Bardem, a painter with few inhibitions and divorced from Penelope Cruz, they predictably react in quite different ways.

This is a Woody Allen film without the oppressive New York angst (Spanish angst replaces it). The screenplay contains Allen's trademark quips and dense conversational style. Thankfully Allen does not appear nor is he heard and I enjoyed watching the attractive cast as they struggled, each in their own way, to come to grips with their relationships, loves and passion.

I think I could watch Javier Bardem read the telephone directory. He is an effortlessly sexy man which makes his scary, sexless performance last year in No Country for Old Men so remarkable.

The Spanish settings (apartments, cafe, street and rural scenes) are gorgeous. Allen is back in form.


  1. Dang dang, Javier is SMOKIN'! I'll have to see this.

  2. Javier is fantastic, and i loved the movie!

  3. One of my (straight) colleagues saw it on the weekend. He was complaining about a sex scene with Scarlett Johansson being way too short. That was pretty much the only critique of the movie!

  4. Evol/H. Allan - Javier certainly has IT.

    Ad Rad - If I made that complaint it would only be as the 'sex scene with Javier', lol.