New York Stories is three forty minute films by three different directors that all follow the life of a person living in New York. The first film, Life Lessons, is the story of a middle aged artist who is in love with his young assistant. The second film, Life Without Zoe, is a day in the life of a rich and obnoxious girl. And finally the third film, Oedipus Wreck, is the story of a depressed man about to get married who's trying to find his missing mother who one day just vanished.
My review for this film is going to be a little different to how I usually review films. I'm going to split this review into three body paragraphs (excluding this one, the synopsis and the conclusion). The first one I will give my thoughts on Life Lessons, the second one I will give my thoughts on Life Without Zoe and the third one I will give my thoughts on Oedipus Wreck.
Life Lessons is the short directed my Martin Scorsese. As you may be aware I'm a massive Scorsese fan and so I had high expectations for this short and to be honest I was kind of a let down. There are certain moments that I did enjoy, a fair few moments actually, but there were more moments where I didn't. Some scenes dragged on too long and others were just plain boring. Half the humour in the short was a hit yet the other half was a big miss. The main redeeming factor is the brilliant acting.
Life Without Zoe is the short directed by Francis Ford Coppola or just Francis Coppola as he is credited in this film. He has directed some amazing movies such as The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now etc. so it was really disappointing to watch this rubbish. Life Without Zoe was a dull and uneventful forty minute bore that featured terrible acting and overly cheesy dialogue. I couldn't stand it so I actually fast forwarded through most of it. Whatever the third film was going to be like I knew I would like it more than this even if it's bad.
Oedipus Wreck is the short directed by Woody Allen. If this was even half decent I was going to enjoy it after sitting through the previous short, but this was actually the best of the three. It's a pity this was saved for last because I was tempted to turn the film off during the second short, but I stuck with it for a bit longer (well kind of as I fast forwarded most of it) so I could see this. It was original, hilarious, well written and extremely well directed. Highlight of the whole film.
To sum up New York Stories features an average opening short that's enjoyable essentially half the time, a dull, boring and terribly acted second short and a fun, original and well written third and final short.