Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona: movie review

My husband and I went to see Vicky Cristina Barcelona tonight. The movie is about two American women - best friends - Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) spending the summer in Barcelona and how things get complicated when they meet a charming Spanish painter (Javier Bardem) and their lives become romantically entangled with him and his fiery ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz). We thought the movie was very good. It's one of Scarlett Johansson's best roles yet and Rebecca Hall, the actress who played Vicky stood out too. And then when Penelope appeared, she lit up the screen. It's a very complex romantic comedy and the snappy dialogue and quirky characters are typical of Woody Allen movies. And Barcelona is the beautiful backdrop to it all. I give it 8/10.

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