After sitting around on our coffee table for about two weeks, we finally took the time to watch Vicky Christina Barcelona. This was a very thoughtful romantic comedy and I enjoyed it for many reasons. One, it dealt with complex relationships in a mature and honest manner. Because there was truly no “right answer” on how to live your life, I thought Woody Allen did an excellent job leaving the ending ambiguous and true to the story – one could read the ending two ways depending on what one believed the “right answer” was for the protagonists. Two, it was fun to watch the various characters play the neurotic, over-analyzing Woody Allen character – mostly Rebecca Hall, but Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Dunn also got in on the fun, too. Three, I see why Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her presence on-screen was mesmerizing and invigorating.
However, the best part of the movie were the lovely shots of Barcelona. Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world and Woody Allen showed a lot of the great sites – Ramblas, the Gaudi architecture, the beaches, the beautiful Spanish sun. For anyone who knows and loves Barcelona, this film is friendly reminder of this wonderful corner of Spain.