Plot- In 2010, iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With unlimited access director Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm fame) followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create this ultimate film biography.
Review-As of late I been getting into a Woody Allen phase. As I am getting older, I look at films that people who are icons in film reviewing praise, to see if maybe now that I am a little older, do I get these films and see their admiration. And the main film they all seem to love is Annie Hall. As with the Annie Hall blu ray..one of the things I have noticed is that a Woody Allen film as great or bad as it is depending on your taste always seems to skimp on bonus material. So imagine my surprise when I found out there is a documentary about him. This documentary is very fun and very informative, taking you through the life and times of one Woody Allen. From his youth, to his very first joke writing job and what set the ball in motion for him. Through his film library, all the way through the success of his last film Midnight in Paris. This is the definitive Woody Allen doc for all the die hards.
It clocks in at a little under 3 hours. Yes 3 hours, and unless you are one of those die hard Woody Allen fans, I am not sure if this is the right doc for you. Now,if you are one of those die hard fans of Woody Allen, and trying to understand the genius behind such films as Annie Hall and Sleeper, this film is a must watch. And in the extras are extended interviews, that shed a lot of light that maybe at times the doc feels like it is downplaying or overlooking. All in all, a fun watch that I recommend fans of Woody Allen to seek out. Or maybe some non fans if you are interested in one of the most praised and celebrated directors ever.
7.5 out of 10