Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Judy Davis, Alison Pill, Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg
Woody Allen makes a love letter to another European city in To Rome with Love. The settings and locations are predictably gorgeous, from the narrow romantic streets to the major tourist sites like the Coliseum.
The film follows an eclectic bunch of people including a prostitute, two provincial newlyweds…etc. We watch different stories unfold and interconnect against the backdrop of the eternal city.
A lot of the elements of an enjoyable Woody Allen film are here including:
*Witty neurotic dialogues.
*Middle class pretentiousness.
*Geeky guys seducing stunning women. And so on.
It still manages to raise chuckles (as it did in my tiny cinema) and doesn’t really get old. I particularly liked Penelope Cruz’ s Roman prostitute Anna, and the storyline about a guy who can only sing beautiful opera in the bathroom, so he performs on stage…in a shower.
Sometimes the silly, surreal, and farcical aspects of this movie were too dominant though. I didn’t really want to see mistaken identities, merry mix ups and people running in and out of bedrooms in their under ware. I would rather just watch simple vignettes of peoples lives, peppered with Woody Allen’s trademark humour.
Still, it was a pretty enjoyable film.