5 Responses to “Cassandra’s Dream (2008)”

  1. moviefan101 says:

    I enjoy the work by both these leads yet somehow I’ve never heard of this movie. From your review I’d say I’m probably not missing much, but if it’s Woody Allen I’m still going to check it out.

  2. John says:

    I agree, it was not one of his best. But, what happened is that he was planning to shoot a completely different film in Paris, and at the last moment, he cancelled that project because he was a few million dollars short in terms of the funding he needed to complete the Paris film. So, it’s my understanding that he threw himself into writing a new script “Cassandra’s Dream” within months if not weeks of shooting. I’m sure that his own people had to scramble to find shooting locations at the last minute, find actors available, etc. I’m sure it was a lot of pressure before they all flew to London for filming. On the positive side, it was unusual for Woody to hire someone like Philip Glass to score the entire film. And it did have a great cast. Many of Woody’s films have a point to make (e.g., Match Point demonstrates the degree to which luck plays in our lives) – but in this film, it seems that the point is simply that some people have no moral dilemma committing a serious crime while others have a moral compass and simply cannot live without feelings of remorse. But Woody made this point in Crimes and Misdemeanors. If there was another dual point to the film, then I must have missed it. From a personal point of view, Woody has always sought to create the perfect drama – a film without comedy. I can’t think of a single laugh in this film, which may make some viewers uneasy, but was the result satisfying to Woody? Certainly Match Point must have been hugely satisfying to him. But as an admirers of his “earlier, funny ones,” I miss seeing the man on the screen and I hate to think that perhaps his screen days are over. It seems to appear that way, with Cassandra’s Dream being the first film of this new era in which Woody no longer appears on the screen.

  3. Heather says:

    I had heard something about relocation. It’s obvious the language and the characters are NOT comfortable in London, England. It still feels like upstate New York to me.

    I’m a supporter of a lot of what Woody has done in his career. I just feel like lately it’s more about the quantity rather than the quality.

    I don’t even mind the idea of him doing a straight drama, but he has the ability to do it well. I wish he would have here. This one was a major disappointment to me.

  4. jrphillips says:

    I don’t think it’s a question of “quantity” over “quality.” Woody likes to work – to take his mind off the terrible truth of life. So, to keep busy, he sets out to make a film a year, and remember, he does have a staff to support – so from a business point of view, he really does need to continue the pace until such time as he really decides to slow down. Cassandra’s Dream could have been better, I suppose, but it’s a true Woody Allen original, and there is a unique perspective and point of view which comes through, even if we are slightly jaded now having seen so many of his films.

  5. TheVern says:

    While not his best films. It certainly is not his worse. I would give that award to either “Curse of The Jade Scorpion” or “Shadows & Fogs”. With that said, I sort of enjoyed this film. I liked how the two brothers changed what their moral were during the course of the story. The only thing that bothered me was the ending which felt way too rushed imo.
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