In 1972 Woody Allen sought to make a murder mystery. He paired up with Diane Keaton and began shooting. However, something happened when Allen saw the rushes. He realized what the world soon would: that the real story was Alvy’s incredible relationship with Annie Hall. He then set to revamp the story, and the result is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Annie Hall tackles relationships with a truth so vicious, and yet a grace so tender that it strikes a chord with anyone who’s ever been in love. From the giddy, dangling conversation to the obvious attraction that finds them together they grow for the sake of knowing one another. These characters cling to one another and bring out the best – and worst in each other as well. They are truly dynamic, and the ways they absorb each other’s experiences, lend each other their better qualities, and act essentially as one unit endure to you. You find your loving Alvy because you see why Annie loves him. The well-being of these characters becomes important to you. Woody Allen’s truest genius comes in his ability to show absolute truth in an entertaining way. When Annie first decides to end the relationship with Alvy, we see ourselves in both charaters. We understand both sides, and we love seeing them reunite. However, as in many relationships, the more they grow, the farther apart they seem to be. Finally, Annie decides to leave for good. Alvy is left with painfully true realization, “A relationship, I think, is-is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” This film is great because it displays love in its grandest form. It’s brash and silly and passionate and true. It’s also sad, dynamic, and thoughtful. It is the act of two people giving everything to another, and for a brief moment in time, Annie and Alvy did exactly that. And are they better off? YES! Even if it didn’t work out in the end, they are bonded together and are a part of each other for the rest of their lives. Perhaps that is the most beautiful about love.
Very funny, and spectacularly performed by Diane Keaton (The Godfather, Hanging Up) and Woody Allen, (Bananas, Sleeper) this Academy Award-winning film withstands the test of time. So before you see Celebrity or The Curse of the Jade Scorpion and think you’ve seen Woody Allen, take a time out with a girl named Annie. You’re sure to enjoy it.