My father always speaks of his love for Woody Allen movies, especially Annie Hall. I had no particular drive to watch this film until my professor showed us a clip in class where Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) sneezes away $2000 dollars worth of cocaine. I sat there in awe knowing that this is one of father’s favorite movies. A couple of weeks later, I sat down to watch the film.
I don’t know many Woody Allen films, which means I’m not too familiar with his formula. I watched Annie Hall without stopping because I was trying to figure out why this movie was so widely adored by my friends, family, and now my professors. I understood that visually it was intriguing, and according to Walter Metz, Woody Allen was significant in making New York City the booming place it is today. However, I watch movies for the plot. I love a good story, and I did not think Annie Hall had a very intriguing story, until the end.
Love is my favorite subject, and knowing that the film was about a failed relationship wasn’t particularly intriguing, initially. Things happen, and we as an audience can see the relationship between Alvy and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) is doomed from the beginning due to a lack of communication: they’d rather talk to their therapists than each other. Alvy can’t see it even after the relationship is over, and this is the cruel irony of this film. Yet, we love it anyway, and I believe that is because the end of the film is too relatable.
Annie Hall ends with a montage of Annie and Alvy’s ‘best’ relationship moments, where they are visually the most happy. Over it plays Annie singing the same song she sang in the night club earlier in the film: “It Seems Like Old Times (1945). It is a song full of nostalgia, which succeeded in bringing me close to tears. I spent most of the movie focused on the failed parts of relationship to realize the beauty in it, which is the opposite of what Alvy has been doing throughout the film. By the end he and I were at opposite mindsets, I view relationships as wonderful and amazing; he views them as “totally irrational and crazy and absurd”. His final words explain our overlapping thoughts “most of us need the eggs”. We keep going back to relationships because we need to even though there is no logical reasoning.