Woody Allen’s new film, To Rome With Love isn’t nearly as inventive or as fascinating as last year’s Midnight in Paris, but it is nevertheless a light, frothy confection that you’ll have trouble hating.

 
Continuing his love affair with Europe’s great metropolises, this new film is set in the gorgeous Italian capital, and follows four separate storylines that have nothing to do with each other. In one, Jesse Eisenberg plays an aspiring architect cheating on his girlfriend (Greta Gerwig) with her messed-up best friend (Ellen Page), even as Alec Baldwin, playing presumably an older version of Eisenberg, keeps popping up to caution him not to fall for that pseudo-intellectual vixen. Another story centers on Roberto Benigni, playing an average middle-class local who becomes famous overnight for no apparent reason. Photographers and news crews follow him everywhere, stunning models throw themselves at him, and every seemingly insignificant detail of his life – from what he ate for breakfast, to how he trims his hair – assumes national importance.
 
Less interesting than these is a third story, in which a newly married Italian couple gets separated accidentally. The wife finds herself swept away by the charms of a famous movie star, while the husband must pass off a high-end hooker (Penelope Cruz) as his new bride to snooty relatives. The fourth story, and easily the most enjoyable of the lot, stars the filmmaker himself as a retired opera director who spots an opportunity to reclaim professional glory when he discovers an undertaker who has a voice to rival Pavarotti – but only in the shower.
 
Alternating between whimsical and charming, To Rome With Love is inconsistent, and feels lazy at times. The track involving Roberto Benigni is decidedly underdeveloped, and there’s a farcical element to the storyline involving the newlywed couple that doesn’t fit easily with the other more subtle tracks. But there’s enough to like here too. Jesse Eisenberg does the whole neurotic thing very well, and Alec Baldwin is terrific as the wise American architect doling out words of wisdom. Woody Allen shoots Rome with a loving eye, giving it a similar eye-watering, travel-brochure feel that Paris and Barcelona received in his recent films. And despite its occasionally meandering nature, the film’s two overarching themes – sexual temptation and the lure of instant celebrity – are adequately explored in the four tracks.
 
At 76, the filmmaker still delivers an enjoyable enough film, even if it isn’t one of his best. I’m going with three out of five for Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love. Good, but never great.
 

приватбанк взять кредит на картукредитная карта россельхозбанкбыстрый кредит екатеринбургоформить кредитную карту москва

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*
Name:*
E-mail:*

2 Comments

  1. Moksha

    September 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    This movie is anything but ordinary cinema. Its pleasantly watchable, enjoyable and righteous (without being preachy) in equal measures. While most big names in Hollywood chasing the fiction genre with foolish budgets, Sir Allen chooses to play travel-guide and romance the slice-of-live genre effortlessly… Looking forward to his next destination!

  2. Rim

    September 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Very nice style and wonderful written content , hardly anything else we require : D.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Rajeev Masand

  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Omerta

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Keval Arora, Rajesh Tailang, Blake Allan Director: Hansal Mehta In his new film Omerta, director Hansal Mehta seeks to dive into...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of 102 Not Out

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Director: Umesh Shukla Let’s just face it Hindi cinema doesn’t know what to do with senior...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Avengers: Infinity War

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe...

    BMS EditorApril 26, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Beyond The Clouds

    Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Malavika Mohanan, Goutam Ghose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, GV Sharada, Amruta Santosh Thakur, Shivam Pujari Director: Majid Majidi Iranian master Majid Majidi,...

    BMS EditorApril 21, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of October

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao Director: Shoojit Sircar October, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a thoughtful, meditative film about...

    BMS EditorApril 13, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Blackmail

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta, Pradhuman Singh, Anjula Sathe, Gajraj Rao, Omi Vaidya, Vibha Chibbar, Neelima Azim Director: Abhinay...

    BMS EditorApril 6, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Baaghi 2

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal, Prateik Babbar, Darshan Kumaar, Vipin Sharma Director: Ahmed Khan. A distraught young...

    BMS EditorApril 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Pacific Rim Uprising

    Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman Director: Steven S DeKnight I’m one of those who thoroughly...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Hichki

    Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar Director: Siddharth P Malhotra There is nothing original, nothing surprising, nothing even...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup