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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

This one is straight out of a fairy tale that turned splitsville. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones) have lost interest in each other 40 years after marriage. Couple 1: No morning walks. No moments in bed. The outcome? One looks for love outside marriage in the form of the too-hot-to-handle blonde, Charmain (Lucy Punch), the other takes to the inhibitions-are-better formula, courtesy a charlatan fortune teller.
Couple 2: Sally (Naomi Watts) has had enough of her novelist hubby Roy’s one time success phenomenon, while Roy (Josh Brolin) just cannot stop re-writing his second novel. The outcome? One falls for her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Antonio Banderas), while Roy chooses to wonder who his next door neighbour in red is.
Sounds complicated? Not really till the fairy tale turns into reality: You will meet a stranger for sure, though not necessarily a tall, dark one. Next are a few sublime moments and sometimes hysterically funny dialogues in throwaway bits.
But that is not why you would go to see this film. The movie has you desperately waiting to get glimpses of Freida Pinto and her much talked about tryst with Hollywood after Slumdog Millionaire. As the mystery woman who catches Roy’s gaze right from day one, does not contribute much to the plot. The only time we really hear her is when she expresses her desire to be someone’s muse.
And the only time we really see her is when she is sobbing before dad (Anupam Kher) as she gives up on her business-minded fiancee for Roy. For the rest, she is just the woman on the window.
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto
Direction: Woody Allen
Genre: Drama
Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes

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