It's no definitive masterpiece but it's damn close.
Good movie, but best of all time? Hardly . . .
There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
I have missed Woody Allen acting in his own films. This Amazon project brings him back to the screen " cause the dough is good" as his character tells his hairdresser. In that opening scene Allen gives his testimony of this for him unique project. If you like the earlier films of Woody Allen, in which he always acted in the leading roles, you will like this. It's the continuation of the New York laid-back humour and wise cracks like in the film "Small Time Crooks". This is not a politically correct series and I appreciate Amazon didn't censor its content too much. Still, I think this series will be generally better received in Europe, where Allen's biggest fans are, strangely enough concentrated in Italy, France and Spain (countries where all his movies are dubbed). Standing ovation for Crisis in Six Scenes.
Harsh critic reviews keep me from watching this for almost two months. As usual the mass of critics were wrong and I totally enjoyed the two and a half hours I spent binge-watching this on the day after Thanksgiving. By the way, Elaine May's "Ishtar" is another movie the mass of critics were totally wrong about. Trust me, it was hilarious - see it). I felt that this was very much like some of Allen's early movie efforts from the 1960s and 1970s like "Take the Money and Run" "Bananas" and "Love and Death" where plot took a backseat to absurd and ridiculous one-liners and dialogues.For example:Lenny (Miley Cyrus): I don't dislike you, its just everything that you stand for.Sidney: God's going to punish us in this. Kay: God's not going to punish you, you're an atheist. Sidney: But if I'm wrong we're in big trouble.Kay: Chairman Mao say "Death's certain, life unpredictable." Sidney: He got that from Charlie Chan.If you're familiar with early Woody Allen, watch this and see the amazing continuity. If you are unfamiliar, watch this and then get DVDs of "Bananas," "Take the Money and Run" and "Love and Death." You will see what a rich source of material the 1960s youth rebellion offered for sharp comedians of the time.Miley Cyrus is terrific and Woody Allen is Woody Allen and Elaine May is Elaine May. That should be enough of a recommendation. After you see it, come back here and write a great review of it.
For many people, there is too much wrong with this series. It's a later period Woody Allen work, it stars Miley Cyrus, and it's a series instead of a movie, leading people to assume- knowing Allen- it would feel like one long movie, dragged out into six half hour pieces. This is a great series, it definitely feels like a later period Allen movie, but you shouldn't hold that against it. (You may stop reading here, but I think many recent Woody Allen movies have been very good.) It's a period piece filled with political discourse and many references to political writers- all very Allen-esque. I'd like to respond here to a comment in another review that said the 60s setting was just a gimmick. If that reviewer had actually watched more than the first episode, they would (hopefully) pick up on the fact that the charged political climate and the generational conflicts surrounding the Vietnam War is the central theme of the series.Miley Cyrus does well, not amazing, but not distractingly poor. She did her job and made her way through the Allen dialogue, providing a character you find very annoying, but sometimes correct and alluring.The format does lend itself to some dragging in the first episode, but that is just a set up to the types of lives lived by Allen and Elaine May (who, of course, is wonderful here, finding herself to be pulled in by the charm and discourse of Cyrus's character), which will later be found to enrich the experience when it all comes down to the busy finale.In summary, it's a pretty great series that's a quick watch, but still a complex, politically charged investigation of generational conflict, complete with Allen's trademark comedic stylings and anti- climactic ending (which, by the way, is incredibly fitting to the contention Cyrus's character makes about the older generation's response to the war).I'd give it an 8.5, but I'm rounding up to make up for the unjust/incomplete ratings.
"A fugitive is eating my chicken," sums up Woody Allen's entire streaming sit-com for Amazon Prime members, which, taking place in the "turbulent 1960's" and involving a renegade played by, of all people, Miley Cyrus, proves the Left Wing could very easily live their ultimate dream and finally rid the world of the Right altogether because, with the difference of your typical "Lazy Limousine Liberal" type or the registered Everyday Democrat verses the Underground Revolutionaries, changing the government through a voting booth or with a homemade bomb, they have enough to argue and debate on their very own without needing anyone to oppose them but themselves...The only problem is, after a while, people who all believe in the exact same thing are just not that interesting (and the whole hippie culture thing is literally getting old)...Not that Allen's character, a struggling has-been novelist trying to (ironically) pitch a TV series, doesn't have a few semi-funny lines, especially after rapid-firing quips like Edward G. Robinson handles a TommyGun. And his wife, played by SMALL TIME CROOKS scene-stealer Elaine May, is the more open-minded, polite, quirky moral-compass airhead Edith Bunker type to Woody's cynical Archie Bunker, and while ALL IN THE FAMILY is what CRISIS IN SIX SCENES is obviously influenced by, the main character doesn't have enough arguments to oppose this show's Meathead in Miley's political-ranting escaped-convict other than, "A fugitive is eating my chicken." Okay, folks, prepare to laugh your heads off: She eats his shrimp as well.The perpetual bickering is just too forced, feeling like a reason for particular views and ideals to be discussed in the first place, and it's not all Miley's fault, despite the fact she's the easiest target to blame. Sure, the poor girl's not nearly a good enough actress to spout dialogue written by Woody Allen... But the other main side-character... a fat, lazy college boy friend-tenant, serving as a young-Woody type, falling hopelessly for the Far-Left babe and learning to worship Fidel Castro, liken to Allen and Louise Lasser in BANANAS... makes Hannah Montana seem like Annie Hall. And to spice things up, a fiancée is forced upon this guy's character from the very start to make a possible tryst with Cyrus more intriguing, but with these dullards as the subjects of possible romance, it just doesn't mesh... at all.Meanwhile, in order to work as a binge-worthy serial, the only thing that's really "on the line," i.e. to keep the viewer interested, is the possibility of Woody and Elaine's characters getting caught for harboring a fugitive, and jailed. But at this point, they're both so old and frail, hardly able to move around comfortably, or spout their constant diatribes of neurosis, it's most likely the judge would let them off with sympathy. Proving that Risk is wasted on the young, and that Woody was much better when he had something to lose, and more than one limited actress to keep partially disagreeing with: and for three whole hours this time!