Thursday, April 25, 2013

To Rome with Love (2012)

Director: Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig. 112 min. Rated R. USA/Italy/Spain. Comedy/Drama.

Allen is such a genius. He writes and directs these light-hearted comedies, but suddenly you realize what deep concepts he's touched upon. Here, through intertwined short stories, he analyzes different aspects of fame and fidelity, and lets you decide which angle you sympathize with, and which logic makes most sense. Like always, lovely actors hurl great dialogue with such rapidity, you can't catch up, and want to watch the movie again as soon as its over. Among them Benigni and Cruz shine the most (doesn't she always?), but it's more the ensemble that keeps you smiling throughout. Keep filming, Woody.

Mo says:


  1. I really enjoyed that. He and his unique style never get his fans disappointed. Maybe spoiler! The shower scene in opera hall was one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen and I couldnot stop laughing even after the scene was finished! I love his exaggeration look to people's interaction and their own funny decision-making in critical occasions in their life.
    I'm not fan of Benigni but absolutely keen of Cruz' performance.
    Happy to see her as a new Bond's girl ;-)

  2. I thought the opera house shower scene was one of the funniest in recent memory: both because of the hilarious process it took for the story to get there, AND because of the ambivalent look on Woody Allen's face when it was happening - even though he was the person who caused it!

    BTW, Cruz's husband (Javier Bardem) denied the news that she'll be the next Bond girl. I guess he doesn't want too many people to see his wife in other men's arms ...