This latest film from Woody Allen hits the UK at the upcoming Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival (film listing).
Much has been made about the scene between Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem that takes place in the film. The reality outside of the hype is that said scene takes place for all of about 2 seconds in the film and might as well been three friends giving each other a quick hello kiss on the cheek. If you’re walking into seeing this movie for that scene alone, you’re likely to find more sordid and risque action in a Muppet movie!
In Vicky Cristina Barcelona it was great seeing so much of one of my favorite cities in the world in Barcelona up on the big screen and many of its stunning attractions like La Sagrada Familia (view my pics of). It was disappointing that Mr. Allen didn’t film any scenes at night against the Mediterranean where so many great seaside restaurants help set the city apart. For pure relationship comedy and as a postcard film Vicky Cristina Barcelona works, though I’d be much more interested in seeing a feature length film with just Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem directed by Woody Allen. Penelope Cruz literally steals every single scene she is in here and the interplay her and Javier have deserves many more films.
Official still that used in the original international release of the film.