Travel Movie of the Week : Vicky Cristina Barcelona
I finally watched a movie this weekend that I’ve heard great things about and have really been wanting to watch: Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It definitely did not disappoint. This is a Woody Allen film and if you don’t enjoy his work, it probably isn’t the type of movie for you.
The film is about two American women who spend their summer in Barcelona. While best friends and alike in many ways, they have completely different viewpoints on love. Vicky is grounded, practical, and knows exactly what she wants-to get married to her nice, safe fiance. Cristina on the other hand is impractical and only knows what she doesn’t want and refuses to settle. At the beginning of their stay, they meet a painter who is attracted to both of them but also still very much in love with his ex wife.
I really love a movie where I can relate to a character though and I felt like I related to Cristina on several different levels. She makes the comment at one point that she can truly appreciate art, but just has to come to terms with the fact she isn’t talented. I feel like this all the time. I can’t paint, or sing, or dance, or play an instrument at all. I desperately want to, but it’s just not in my cards. I also love her outlook on love. While she can’t pinpoint what she does want, she knows what she doesn’t want.
While the film is very much a complex love story, it definitely leaves you wanting to jump on a plane to Spain. There are tons of references to Gaudi architecture, shots of famous landmarks, and beautiful scenery.
Have you ever watched Vicky Cristina Barcelona? Can you relate to any of the characters? Did it leave you wanting to visit Barcelona?