Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love": Four Tales Leading Where?

Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" contains four stories that take place in Rome. An American woman, Hayley (Allison Pill), is seeing a leftist Italian lawyer, Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti); when their parents meet, her father, Jerry (Woody Allen), a music promoter, becomes determined to make his father, Giancarlo (Fabio Armiliato), an opera star. Italian newlyweds Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) and Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi) suddenly find themselves involved in extramarital escapades. A young American architect, Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), is living with his girlfriend, Sally (Greta Gerwig), when her friend, Monica (Ellen Page), a flighty actress, visits and romantic complications ensue. A clerk, Leopoldo Pisanello (Roberto Benigni) is transformed into a celebrity followed by paparazzi, to his bewilderment. Sudden transformation, in fact, is common to all of these tales–but unfortunately, not much else ties them together. While the stories are enjoyable enough and the scenes of Rome are stunning, one is left wondering what "To Rome With Love" is all about.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

I agree with your assessment of Woody Allen's latest. The only message of substance was, as you said, Allen's depiction of the effect of sudden fame and the consequences of its immediate withdrawal. All else, is forgettable.

Jeff Tone said...

A letdown after his previous fine movie, "Midnight In Paris."