N A V I
G A T E

Home
A Brief Introduction
Years in Review
Films Ranked: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Current Criticism
Search Criticism
Past Criticism
Top 10 Lists
Notable Short Films
Links
Contact Me

Avalon

Director:  Barry Levinson
Year Released:  1990
Rating:  2.0

A series of vignettes about a family that comes to America, 'the greatest place they've ever seen' - and then as time passes, we witness their disillusionment with what a 'mess' the country has become (in their eyes, at least). Armin Mueller-Stahl is delightful as the grandfather, but the deus ex machina that ignites the metaphorical warehouse of capitalist dreams is a cop-out, and the movie's waving its judgmental finger at television belongs in the 'oh please' category - funny how a director can be complaining about the very medium that makes him money (the 'benefits' of a 'global village' are always glazed over). Levinson's dialogue, for some reason, usually turns into Abbott & Costello: "What's the movie with the stagecoach in it?" "Stagecoach." "No, no, the movie with the stagecoach in it..." etc.

Return to the Previous Page

© Copyright 2018 Matthew Lotti.