I’ve had a tab open in my browser with the trailer for the new Woody Allen film, Whatever Works, for three days. I haven’t been able to force myself to watch it, and if you surf away now before watching it, I wouldn’t blame you. It seems like Woody Allen has a film out once or twice a year now, and it also seems like with every new release, critics claim that this is his best movie since Woody Allen’s peak years. They’re all kind of the same to me, though. A great cast, but if Woody isn’t in the film himself, he’s got a stand-in, and it’s the same Woody Allen pitter-patter it’s always been. I respect the guy. He’s a great filmmaker. And I admire him for directing as many movies for as long as he has. But, damn: That uptight, neurotic, TMI Manhattan shtick is fucking old. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Woody Allen film since Everyone Says I Love You.
So, don’t watch the trailer for Whatever Works, which has Larry David standing in for Woody Allen this time, if you don’t want to. However, if you don’t watch it, you will be missing one of the year’s best comic performances in Evan Rachel Wood. It’s unintentional, of course: I can’t tell if her accent is a Southern one or an Australian one. In either respect, it’s dreadful.