Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Déjà vu

Call it a continuation, if you want, but extending The Irony of Fate into present day Russia simply doesn't work.  Much of the irony was in response to life in the old USSR, but here we get an all too contemporary view of Russia (2007) with a young couple repeating virtually the same situation as in the original movie.  It doesn’t help that the young actors fumble with their roles, unable to achieve the same spark that existed a generation before.  The only real twist is the relationship the young couple has with the main characters, Nadya, Ippolit and Zhenya, from Ryazanov's 1975 classic.  All three actors reprise their roles.  Better to see the original again.

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