Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Movie Review

 

Go and see.

I’m an action movie macho, comedy and a sci-fi geek, I go to see a movie to have fun, and usually don’t go to movies that are more on the romantic side. But, I did go, and I really enjoyed this one.

It’s a good story told in a fun way, if a little weird (not a typical Woody Allen, but has some weirdness in it as the narration tone).

The story is about two NYC friends (Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall), who travel to Barcelona for vacation to stay with family friends and get entangled in romantic situations with a local artist (Javier Bardem) and his ex-wife (Penélope Cruz), all in the beautiful countryside of Spain.

Javier Bardem, who is so ugly and revolting in “No Country for Old Men” looks good here (don’t get any ideas, I’ll get to the ladies next), and acts great.

Both Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall are beautiful. Penélope Cruz, in her crazy own way, is hot. Acting is great.

The scenery and houses are as beautiful as can be, a great tourist attraction to Spain, makes you want to go right now. If I am to point out something that bothered me, it is the clothing, especially of Vicky and Cristina (Johansson and Hall) – I think that both, as New Yorkers, would have dressed better. On the other hand, the nerdish clothing of the, well, nerds, was so good it got me annoyed with them.

There is one scene in the plane, that Cristina (Johansson) talk exactly like Woody Allen, which I found to be very funny, like an Allen cameo only through someone else…

So – good casting, good acting, good story, beautiful locations, fun music, the Spanish and Spanish accent are fun to listen to. Some nude would’ve been welcome to make it look more natural, and with that I must quote the official rating – “Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and smoking.”. “and smoking”? Who are you kidding?

Anyway, go and see, you’ll enjoy it.

L.