Monday, 24 September 2012
To Rome With Love 
Woody Allen, in continuation with his current romantic trysts with European cities (following Vicky Christina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris), chose the Italian capital for his latest destination for To Rome with Love. He filled the film with a host of neurotic characters with the city forming a vital backdrop to them (two of his archetypal traits); despite being neither intellectually off-balancing nor bitingly humorous like his best works, I found this light-hearted and mildly critical film a reasonably enjoyable watch. The ensemble, madcap film comprises of four parallel storylines about oddball Roman and American characters, and thus a subtle and charming dissection of what the historic metropolis represents. A failed opera director (Woody Allen) unexpectedly unearths a marvelous bathroom-singer while visiting, with his psychiatrist wife (Judy Davis), his daughter and her newfound love; a young and idealistic architect (Jesse Eisenberg) finds himself falling for his girlfriend’s pretentious best friend (Ellen Page), while being watched by his cynical and jaded older self (Alec Baldwin); an Everyday Joe and simple family man (Roberto Benigni) finds his average life drastically altered when he becomes a sudden celebrity; and, a naïve country-boy finds himself in a mess when he is forced to pass a drop-dead voluptuous hooker (Panelope Cruz) as his wife to his wealthy family, while his lovely wife enjoys a serendipitous tryst with a famous actor. Despite being quite uneven on the whole, the film did have its moments. The one featuring the old and young architect was brilliant at times, while Woody, in front of the camera after a long time, sure saved the best lines for himself.
Director: Woody Allen
Genre: Comedy/Social Satire/Ensemble Film