Sweet and Lowdown (1999)


“You got a terrific body, you really do. Round. I like round. And I don’t mean fat! You got some heft. Makes a fella feel like he’s been someplace. ” – Emmet Ray

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The story of a talented guitarist in the 1930’s who deals with gangsters while trying to find his way in life and love.

My Take on it – This is a Woody Allen film that I never had much interest in seeing during the 2 decades since it was made but since I’m trying to watch all films with Oscar nominated performances, I decided to give it a shot.

Despite my per-conceived notions, I surprisingly found myself enjoying this film quite a bit.

Allen takes things in a quirky direction here and that actually helps this film become enjoyable on numerous levels.

Sean Penn is great in the lead role and he is helped along by a great and witty script as well as by a very talented supporting cast.

He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for this performance and I can understand why.

Samantha Morton was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film despite the fact that she doesn’t utter a word since she is mute.

I liked the way that they tell the story in a pseudo documentary style while helps give things more gravitas despite the fact that this story is not at all based on truth.

The “interviews” used along the way also add much to the way one perceives this story.

Like any good Allen film, this movie is filled with quirky characters who add so much spice and life to the way things are told and help endear them to us along the way.

This film may not be perfect, but it still manages to stay entertaining for 90 minutes.

Bottom Line – Interesting Allen film that works on numerous levels. Penn is great in the lead and is helped by a very talented supporting cast. Penn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance here as was Morton as Best Supporting Actress in a role where she doesn’t speak a word.  The story itself is told well since they make it seem like things are being told in documentary style even if the story is not based on truth.  Like in any good Allen film, the characters are quirky and that helps endear them to us along the way. Not perfect, but still entertaining enough. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Samantha Morton received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in spite of the fact that she has no spoken lines. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

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