However, I should make it clear I like most Allen movies, especially the later ones. He tells stories the way not enough people do, without special effects, without exaggerations and without gloom.
He tells stories using beautiful photography and scenery (To Rome with Love and Midnight in Paris are recent excellent examples) and fine acting. He tells stories that feels eerily real but still kind of nice.
And he knows how to direct actors. Just look at Cate Blanchett’s amazing performance in Blue Jasmine and you know what I mean.
So if you want to watch something inspiring of real quality – watch a Woody Allen movie. And why not Blue Jasmine?