You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger is a film title with double meaning. The fortune teller's phrase offers hope that life will improve but also hints at the much-more-certain destiny which is our meeting with the grim reaper. Woody Allen poses the question of whether it's better to face life with realism or optimism?
The movie begins with Shakespeare's assertion that life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. Yet, the opening music is Disney's affirmation that your dreams come true when you wish upon a star. This contrast is brought to life in numerous relationships within a London neighborhood.
A married writer, who window gazes at the girl across the alley, finds the grass is always greener (and the ass is always leaner) on the other side. A lonely woman, who clings to kooky tarot-card prophecies, finds more happiness than people around her manage to achieve playing with a full deck.