Film Reviews, Short Review

When Harry Met Sally (1989)


Comedies function best when they are keenly observant of human behaviour and its absurdities and paradoxes. Unfortunately, outside of a few scenes early on where When Harry Met Sally achieves exactly that, it is mostly rather unobservant and bland, a watered-down Woody Allen script lacking the wit and sharpness whilst occasionally cribbing directly from it visually. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are not particularly charismatic or likeable as the two titular characters (Crystal especially), but there are still some excellent supporting roles: the sadly departed Carrie Fisher shows that, outside of Star Wars, she was a versatile and engaging screen presence capable of adding spark to weak material.


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