Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexual material and brief violence.
Written and Directed By: Woody Allen
Staring: Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson, John Benfield, Claire Higgins, Andrew Howard, Sally Hawkins, Emily Gilchrist, and Hayley Atwell
Well, that depends on the part, and who the director is, and how much I’d had to drink. -Angela
In reading previews for this film it was compared to a Hitchcock type thriller. What an awful comparison. This slow paced snooze-fest was anything but a thriller and certainly nothing to describe as Hitchcock-like. The cards seemed stacked in Cassandra’s Dreams direction but even with a talented director, exciting cast, and good premise this film never became more than a good concept. It’s starts off slow paced and by the time it’s supposed to pick up it’s hard to really care, in fact the entire movie doesn’t nothing more than prep you for a nap.
Over the years I’ve grown to appreciate Woody Allen’s work, but this is definitely one of the worst movies he’s ever made. As noted the conception itself was a compelling idea, but the execution was banal and boring. Maybe less is more for Allen who seemed to dish out better films when he took time in between them rather than forcing one out a year. The setting in London doesn’t work, it never even feels like it’s anywhere but upstate New York. Allen was uninspiring.
McGregor even was a little weak for me. Farrell pretty much worked with what he had, along with Wilkinson but the writing had such an unnatural flow to it that it became excruciating to listen to the dialogue. The characters made very little sense and even when they offered the chance to give the characters sympathy it was far too late into the story to care. Allen’s script never gave his actors who were more than capable a chance to shine.
This was one of the most boring movies I’ve watched in a long time. The audience may initially be taken by the cast members, but the character’s they play aren’t likable and their motivations are pretty thinly developed. The whole idea of doing what they are doing just because of “blood” relation never quite flies, and the character’s do nothing to prove that point either. Even with Farrell’s amazing performance and the solid cast with him Cassandra’s Dream was nothing more than a boring morality play.