Friday, May 17, 2024

Venice: Raves for Woody Allen’s New Film, “Coup de Chance” from Variety, Wrap, UK Papers — And Standing Ovations


The reviews are coming for Woody Allen’s “Coup de Chance” and they are raves. Mostly.

Variety, The Wrap, UK papers like The Guardian and The Telegraph are all — very rightly so — calling it Woody’s best movie in years. They’re right, too. It’s a tight 90 minute murder mystery with a surprise ending that will blow you away. There are also phenomenal performances.

As Woody and wife Soon Yi arrived in the theater, the place erupted in a standing ovation.

The only thumbs down are coming from female critics who aren’t even reviewing the movie.

Glenn Kenny of the New York Times already Tweeted his rave for “Coup de Chance.” He wrote: “Coup de Chance” is NOT “Match Point” redux. It’s framed in a substantially different way. And it’s universes better. Those are TWO points of dissimilarity.

“Coup de Chance” already has international distributors and a French release date.N Now an American distributor with cojones is going to have take this on and buck the tide of misplaced anger toward Woody Allen over something that never happened but has grown into a game of telephone. The people repeating it on social media are as dumb as the Trump supporters.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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