Philosophy over coffee

VCB: B+/A-

In Flicks, Size: Grande on March 3, 2009 at 3:16 am

Meet Vicky…

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…and Cristina

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…in the romantic city of Barcelona.

In the latest installment by Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona tells the story of two friends, who decided to spend one summer in Barcelona to escape the complex life in New York City. Vicky, who’s engaged to a wealthy man and believes she has everything she could ask for, and Cristina, who’s been unsuccessful in keeping relationships, met a guy both of them unexpectedly fell for. In trying to get the two of them to share the bed with him, Juan Antonio showed them the beauty of the city of Barcelona. I went for the movie with no high hopes and expectations; my only goal was to find out the reason behind Penelope Cruz’s Best Supporting Actress victories from just about every major competition.   Indeed she was worthy.  Playing as the suicidal ex-wife of Juan Antonio, played by Javier Bardem, Penelope’s character exposes you to the extraordinary skill and flexibility she has as an actress.  I was drawn towards her portrayal of a mad ex-wife, before switching to become the romantic spouse she never was and in her sanity, a great companion to Cristina as she explores the city, only to go back again later on to be mad and jealous.

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The movie easily exceeded my expectations. Whether I call this my favorite movie is still to be tested, but I am certain it is almost right up there with every other movie I can easily watch over and over again.

Fall in love with the characters. Fall in love with the arts. Fall in love with the strum of Spanish guitar that tickles the senses. And fall in love with the idyllic scenery only the city of Barcelona can uniquely offer.
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