Mighty Aphrodite (Woody Allen – 1995) A-

Funny, engaging and quirky. I loved the Greek chorus narrating the story, commenting on the characters actions and sometimes advising them what to do. This is like a funny Greek tragedy with characters and dialogue by Woody Allen and is of course set in Manhattan. It has the potential to be very stupid, but for me it worked. I cared about the characters and enjoyed to see them change and grow, especially Sorvino’s Linda Ash. Mira Sorvino does deliver one of the best performances of her career here. Even without her amusing ‘strong’ vocabulary, her attractive, blond towering figure is such a perfect match and contrast to Allen’s mousy neurotic and insecure Lenny. Allen at this point is way too old to pass for a middle aged husband or lover, but so what. It still works.

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