Review Everybody Says I Love You (1996)

Today I watch “Everybody says I love you”. It’s not one of the best movies of Woody Allen but still interesting enough to keep me until the end.

“Everybody says I love you” is a musical comedy movie written and directed by Woody Allen in 1996. The movie is the great combination of singing, dancing, funny and labyrinthine plot. To sum up, every character’s romantic life is a mess, and everyone sings about it. The plot is simultaneously featherweight and profound, like a lot of Allen’s movies: Big questions are raised and then dispatched with a one-liner, only to keep eating away at the hero until an eventually happy ending. Most of the questions have to do, of course, with unwise or inappropriate romances. The movie shows Allen’s pessimistic view about life when he constantly mentions about killing himself but he also gives a lot of jokes to balance the atmosphere.

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The cast of “Everybody says I love you” is full of stars: Woody Allen, Goldie Hawn, Julia Robert, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Tim Roth. The most inspired decision of Woody Allen in this movie is allowing all his actors (including himself) and actresses sing for themselves in their own voices (except Drew, who just plain can’t sing). Allen understands that it’s a musical comedy, viewers, and critics don’t focus on technical quality or voice range or vibration of the larynx because all the singing and dancing are about feelings.

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”Cuddle Up a Little Closer.” ”My Baby Just Cares for Me.” ”Looking at You.” ”I’m Through With Love.” ”I’m a Dreamer, Aren’t We All?” ”Makin’ Whoopee.” ”Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think).” These are songs perhaps suffer a little when they’re sung too well (just as opera singers always overdo it in musical comedy). They’re for ordinary, happy voices, and from the first moment of the film, when Edward Norton turns to Drew Barrymore and sings ”Just You, Just Me,” the movie finds a freshness and charm that never ends.

If people watch carefully, they can recognize that Damien Chazelle has used a lot of references from this movie for his La La Land. 20 years later, we still can feel some scenes of “Everybody says I love you” in La La Land, especially the final scene under the bridge; Even though the technology development has helped La La Land look much better, both in cinematography and choreography, the core inside of it is still sharing emotions and feelings with viewers.

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One of the interesting thing about “Everybody says I love you” is Woody Allen constantly breaking composition law. Sometimes it feels weird like something’s wrong, I hardly ever see any other directors done that. It makes viewers nervous, strange, unintelligible. At first, I have to yell WTF, how Woody Allen can make this simple mistake. But later, when I read an article about this movie, Woody Allen had shared that he deliberately did that to make the movie more twisted, but also to open a new way to connect the emotions more with viewers. He mostly broke composition law in the love argument scenes and it made viewers feel the same way as the character.

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To conclude, “Everybody says I love you” is not the great deep romantic movie but it has enough material to become the good musical comedy to entertain you in the weekend.

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