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Love and Death

Don’t mix Love and Death, he’s no good at holding hands.

love-and-deathWhen you think of Love and Death, you probably think of Sigmund Freud’s theory of the sex and death instinct of humanity. Booya, PHIL 100. Finally coming in useful for something! This Woody Allen film is filled with wise-cracking, slap-sticking, intellectual mock-debating, and probably some other-things-that-I-could-hyphenate. Speaking of PHIL 100, this movie features mock philosophical debates which are eerily similar to the ones I engaged in during my pseudo-intellectual first year of university. This movie is about Russian philosophers and writers, and mocks their existentialism, their preoccupation with death, and their gloomy, vodka swilling attitudes. It starts out a little like Borat, except about Russia instead of Kazakhstan and filled with intelligent humour cut with over the top slapstick, and is a movie that mocks itself and, well, maybe I am a little too self-conscious, but also the audience that watches it as well.

“Love and Death” is the story of Boris, a coward who also happens to be quite the pacifist, although one is not certain if it is simply a veil to hide his rather in your face chicken heart. As a child, Boris saw a vision of death, and from thence he was preoccupied, and it is always at the back… well no, the front of his mind. The problem is he does not seem to spend his time comprehending death, simply avoiding it. As for love… he loves his cousin Sonja, who is quite beautiful (Diane Keaton), and who does not return his love. Why? Boris, while possessing the mind of a scholar, has non of the animal magnetism and primal power that an “alpha” male possesses, although I honestly think that girls should be going for the sensitive writer types anyways *cough cough*.

I do enjoy Woody Allen’s depictions of war in “Love and Death”. They remind me a lot about Slaughterhouse Five, which is an amazing book that you should read. I can’t remember the exact quote, but it’s about how human’s should, instead of feeling pain, have blinking lights that light up.

I always have a little trouble writing about Woody Allen movies because they lack the formulaic plot structure that allows for easy reviewing without giving away the plot. I’ll just give you this to entice you- if you enjoy feeling superior intellectually, silly slapstick and double entendres or have an arts degree, you will like this movie. Heck, if you like Woody Allen movies, just watch this already. It’s a PG rated comedy, but don’t think this movie is meant for kids- might be funny but most of it will go over their heads like a hat that is thrown over their heads.

Speaking of arts degrees, I don’t know if this movie will really give you anything useful at the end. It’s really fun though, and made me feel smart whenever I got a reference to a Russian philosopher. Anyways, Woody Allen is nice in small doses, so if you haven’t gotten your fill lately, try Love and Death on for size.

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