Breaking News: Woody Allen’s Creativity Falls Victim to Roman Fever, Needs to Return to Paris for Inspiration.
Rated R. 112 minutes. Starring Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Woody Allen.
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. [imdb]
Nicole: Remember how awesome Midnight in Paris was?
It was a love letter to the City of Lights and it made you want to book
the next flight available so you too could experience the magic of the
world’s most romantic city. So, when I heard Woody Allen was going to do
for Rome what he did for Paris, I couldn’t wait to buy my ticket.
Except, this was a journey I should have never embarked upon.
To Rome with Love’s flaws are many. So many, in fact, I don’t really
know where to start. OK, I do. I’m lying. Let’s start with the GIGANTIC
cast. Huge casts (much like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve)
generally equal poor plots. It’s hard for the audience to become
invested in characters that are only going to be on screen for
approximately 2.5 seconds. Harder still, convincing character
development with a huge cast such as this. But the plot itself was so
disjointed and unruly — like a fully packed ass that refuses to descend
into the Grand Canyon. Hard to follow, sure. What’s worse? I didn’t
care. Halfway through, I decided to give up on the plot altogether and
just enjoy the scenery. But, even on that count — the cinematography was
Overall, this movie felt rushed. Hastily thrown together and patched
at the seams. Leaving us to wonder how Woody could follow-up a modern
masterpiece like Midnight in Paris with this sloppy mess?
elizabeth: So, Nicole, please tell me how you really
felt about the movie. I don’t know if I want to attach my name on this
review. I keep thinking Woody is going to call to set up a meeting with
me. I believe I could be his new muse. If he reads this, he might refuse
to cast me in his next movie. So let’s just say that Rome was having an
off day. It does happen.
While elizabeth refuses to hurt Woody’s feelings, Nciole’s gives To Rome with Love: