Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Take the Money and Run

A profile of the life of Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen), a career criminal/bank robber so incompetent that tellers can't even read his his handwriting instructing to pass over the loot. With interviews from his parents, teachers, associates, and young bride, this study looks into what turned Virgil wrong and why on earth he never pursued another line. Following the humorous What's Up, Tiger Lily, which is mostly just an overdubbed and edited Japanese movie, Take the Money an Run, an early mockumentary entry, is technically the first directing feature for Woody Allen and is a muddled hodgepodge featuring alternately hilarious and unfunny gags.
** 1/2 out of ****