Crisis In Six Scenes is the first ever series written and directed by Woody Allen. It will be available exclusively on Amazon on 30th September – this Friday! And we have the first reviews (with some more plot details) and lots of new images.
For example, it turns out that Miley Cyrus‘s character is named Lennie. So far people seemed to be latching onto her performance as a highlight. The other common thread seems to be that this is mostly a full film split into six.
We also learn Elaine May‘s character is called Kay. John Magaro seems to be the Woody Allen surrogate. And it is compared to Allen’s pre-Annie Hall comedies. Comparisons to films like Love And Death and The Marx Brothers.
SFChronicle calls it fun, but lacks weight of Allen’s dramas. ‘Inspired silliness’.
Allen is working in familiar territory here, eschewing the kind of character complexity that marks his better recent films such as “Blue Jasmine” and “Vicky Christina Barcelona.” Fact is, television can support more complicated characters these days. Allen might ponder that for future TV projects, but in the meantime, we’ll happily wallow in the inspired silliness of “Crisis.”
USA Today calls it light but fun. They also compare Cyrus to Diane Keaton.
Crisis is not Allen at his peak, nor at his most serious and contemplative as an artist. Crisis is a bauble, a light comedy that starts very slowly (consider that another caution) and builds to a satisfyingly funny conclusion.
Indiewire has Elaine May as a highlight, but the series didn’t rise above.
Allen has always written well for women, as proven by the 13 Oscar nominations (and four wins) for his female actors. I wouldn’t be opposed to hearing Elaine May’s name called on Emmys’ morning next year, but she’ll have to overcome an aggressively mediocre series to do it.
More reviews will no doubt come. And here’s more images.
The series is released on 30th September. We fully expect the internet (in particular the community around FanEdit) to the 142 minutes and make it a 100 minute film.
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