Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Jason Biggs
Christina Ricci
Woody Allen
Stockard Channing
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito.
Directors
Woody Allen.
Screenwriters
Woody Allen
Woody Allen.
Running Time
108 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Hitman: Agent 47
2 Star Empire Rating
Barely Lethal
3 Star Empire Rating
Addicted To Sheep
4 Star Empire Rating
45 Years
4 Star Empire Rating
We Are Your Friends
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Man With A Movie Camera
5 Star Empire Rating
Salt Of The Earth, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Song Of The Sea
5 Star Empire Rating
Look Of Silence, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mad Max: Fury Road
5 Star Empire Rating

Anything Else
Woody Allen takes Jason Biggs under his wing


submit to reddit


Plot
Veteran stand-up David Dobel (Allen) befriends up-and-coming comedian Jerry Falk (Biggs) and takes him under his wing, teaching him about life, literature, comedy - and how to deal with his unfaithful girlfriend and his needy agent.


Review
More than any woman, New York has remained Woody Allen's main muse and co-star throughout his career, with the director always demonstrating an unashamed adoration for his home city. And yet at the end of Anything Else Allen's character, Dobel, does the unthinkable: he leaves New York.

It has become something of a cliché to classify a film as "post-9/11", yet this phrase has great relevance when it comes to Anything Else. Allen's films have always had a feeling of melancholy to them, but this - the first film Allen has written after the fall of the Twin Towers - harbours a sense of unsettlement amid the neurotic romantic comedy.

Allen also for the first time tackles his Jewishness seriously and, significantly, sidelines himself to being only a secondary character, almost as if he feels too out of place to be the lead. Biggs, essentially playing Allen Jr., does his best, but likeability can't hide his limited range and he struggles where Allen excels, such as in the numerous monologues to camera.

While Biggs deals with girlfriend Ricci's infidelity, the deeper sadness seems to come from New York, Allen's great love, changing and moving on.


Verdict
It’s a Woody Allen film and so, of course, is interesting viewing,but the disillusionment that has replaced Allen’s usual melancholy optimism means the once-brilliant director is tempered by unease.


Reviewed by Nick Dawson

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)