Annie Hall (1977) Movie Review

Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall (1977) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Byron Davel (A Toast) –

Annie Hall, the girl all the fuss is about. An intellectual story about love and decision making and deconstructing everyday life and seeing how things work between people. A very mature, hilarious, passionate story about Alvy Singer’s view on love and relationships.

Woody Allen directed, wrote, and starred in this masterpiece which won Oscars for best picture and best screenplay, the same year Star Wars won six Oscars. It follows Alvy Singer, and his interesting relationship with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) and explores their relationship over time while the audience is being spoken to directly by Alvy Singer on and off screen. The narrative of this film is extraordinary; it has copious amounts of language, grammar, innuendos, conversations and analogies and keeps the viewers very awake and very involved.

When watching this film, one needs to be very attentive and listen; not just listen to understand the content on screen but to relate to the different feelings Alvy Singer was having during the course of their relationship. It’s also one of the funniest movies I have seen since Borat; every chance Alvy Singer gets, he will make a joke or insult an intelligent heckler without him knowing. Woody Allen’s character is a New York comedian, but also a celebrity who is incredibly well-educated, but very awkwardly announced in many respects. the movie provides you with all of the humor, drama, romance and uncomfortable moments one would experience in a relationship, I guess…


Alvy and Annie in a chat. Interesting fact; Diane Keaton wore her own clothes to set throughout the shoot.

A Toast

First off, for the grammar. I’m a simple kind of guy, but I knew most of the big words that were used and the ones I didn’t know, I googled.  It made me feel smarter and more involved as well. The style of English spoken also helped emphasize some of the jokes throughout the movie and gave them authenticity. Secondly, a toast to the cinematography.  I’ve gone on about it in most my reviews, but I guess I really enjoy the movies with great lighting and mise-en-scene. The cinematographer was Gordon Willis (The Godfather, Parts I & II) so the brilliant camera techniques used in the film gave it an even more satisfying narrative. Thirdly, a little toast to breaking down the 4th wall, for those of you who don’t understand, google it, but basically it is when a character in the movie talks directly to the camera, sort of a soliloquy for Film.


Trying to cook lobsters with a photographer and a model, weird times.



My final verdict on this film is YAY. I thoroughly indulged in its rich content and laughed my ass off so many times it hurt. It doesn’t at any moment give you the ‘chick flick’ inner beauty bullshit, it just shows a couple in an honest and real way that it is a culture shock to the usual nonsense, even though it was made in 1977. Watch it if you’re in the mood for it, if not, you will see it in a different light and possibly think less of it. Up to you if you want to watch it or not.


Drinking Game

Lets see; every time Alvy uses his intelligence to make fun of someone, but discreetly: Have a sip of Beer or Wine.

Every time a new woman comes into Alvy’s life: Pour a Shot at least of something decent.

Also, every time a sexual innuendo is said or visualized on-screen: Drink Another Two Fingers.


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One comment

  1. Henry J. Fromage

    An absolute classic!

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