To Rome With Love Movie Reviews
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Let's all just take a big collective sigh and just say it already: Woody Allen's neurotic act has run its course. He really doesn't know what to say or do anymore or he would never have been able to take so many actors to Europe and make a movie that plays like a tourism ad. Italy is pretty! duh. Italy is romantic. Yeah? Italy is the place to go if you're a bored American. Really? I've been there many times and all I remember is that everything is super duper old. Alec Bladwin's role is pretty weird and funky and he milks it for all its worth while Jesse Eisenberg is back to being as awkward and neurotic as Woody Allen. Hopefully his career doesn't go the same way. I didn't buy Allen's performance because he seemed to be just talking to himself most of the time. Ellen Page does what she can with a weak script while Penelope Cruz is there to add sex appeal. What the point of Roberto Benigni was I still don't know. Eh.
I read a lot of reviews saying that this movie was a disappointment. I'll give you that isn't the best movie ever made - it's not even the best movie Woody Allen's made. But it is an interesting slice of life kind of movie that gets you thinking about different things. There are quite a few storylines in the movie, though the one that I liked the best was the one with Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg. The two of them have a real chemistry that makes it fun to watch. I also thought Alec Baldwin was a hoot in his role - he usually is. The one disappointment in the picture was Penelope Cruz. She's gorgeous, but she doesn't have much to do in this movie except just look pretty. After "Vicky Christina Barcelona" I would have expected a much meatier part for her. If this is the best that Woody Allen can give her, then I hope they stop making movies together. Roberto Bengini is also quite good and thankfully he doesn't overact!
"Midnight In Paris" was a great little movie from Woody Allen a couple of years ago. I thought it would have been a return to form. Unfortunately, "To Rome With Love" proves otherwise.
The trailers make the movie look like a romantic comedy about Americans set in Rome. The problem is there's not much romance or comedy in the movie; instead it's really about the nature of celebrity and why and how people become famous and how that affects our perceptions of them and of ourselves. This is personified in the story of the humdrum character played by Roberto Benigni. I'm not sure why Allen chose to include all the other storylines when it was fairly clear that he wasn't interested in any of them.
Penelope Cruz plays a prostitute in the film, which seems beside the point to the whole story. I know she and Woody Allen are fond of each other but for her career's sake, I hope she doesn't do any more Woody Allen movies. Ditto Ellen Page, who is wasted in an inconsequential role. She was great in "Juno", hasn't gotten the right opportunities since. This is definitely another let down.
I am a big fan of Woody Allen’s films which is kind of ironic because i despise him as a person. This film was quite good but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters because it is not worth the price of the movie ticket. The film had some great moments but overall it was very slight effort and I think that Allen did not put too much effort in this film. There were couple of great performances but that is almost given if you consider the cast and Woody Allen himself did a great job and definitely lifted the film. The film has its charms and it is even funny from time to time but i think you will be better off watching this film at the comfort of your home.
I did not really like this film and do not recommend seeing it in the theaters because the film was a bit creepy and weird. Now, I do have to say that I do not enjoy Woody Allen’s film so I guess i am biased and people who love his style will most likely like this film. However, i think even fans of his work will find this film to be more creepy than cute. I did not like any of the characters, I especially hated Woody Allen’s character, he was so annoying and unpleasant to watch. I did not find the film to be funny at all, it was actually really dull and most of the time boring.
This is one of the most charming romantic comedies I've seen in a long, long time! Jesse Eisenberg is his usual awkward self as a guy in Rome who doesn't know if he's in love or lust with Ellen Page, his girlfriend's friend who seems to be a free spirit unlike any other he has met. This is my favorite story in the movie.
I wasn't sure why Penelope Cruz was in the movie. She looks beautiful, but her character didn't seem to have much to do. The same is true of Judy Davis who plays opposite Woody Allen. Personally, I think Woody Allen is kind of an odd duck but his movies are usually entertaining. This one has a lot going on with all of the different characters and stories, but it might have been better if they focused on one.
A word of caution: if you don't like reading subtitles, you might want to skip it. There's a lot of Italian in the movie being as it's set in Rome, but only the American characters really speak English.
Woody Allen's movies seem like the same thing over and over to me: he takes a bunch of confused and complicated people and drops them in a foreign place. Then he lets them loose on each other and things go very bad very fast. He tries to make it funny, with mixed results, I have to say. The same is true for his latest movie, "To Rome with Love".
It has an all-star cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Roberto Benigni, and Penelope Cruz. Allen is also in it himself playing the typical neurotic weirdo he always plays. The movie is about how all of these characters meet in Rome and try to find true love or something that makes them feel like love is worth pursuing. I personally liked Alec Baldwin the best as he plays a guy who tries to ruin the relationship between a young couple because he thinks he knows better. It's funny in the way that Baldwin usually is, though the rest of the stories are kind of underdeveloped. All in all, not bad, but not great either.