To Rome with Love(2012)
Woody Allen's Italy-set comedy. The awesome ensemble cast includes Allen, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penélope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig and Roberto Benigni. The story is comprised of four separate vignettes, following the romantic misadventures of various characters in Rome - a retired American opera director tries to make a star of his daughter's father-in-law to be, who can only sing in the shower; a pair of newlyweds are separated for a day and have their fidelity tested by a prostitute, movie star and a burglar; a middle-class office worker unexpectedly becomes a celebrity targeted by the paparazzi; and an architect runs into a young man who reminds him of a younger version of himself - and is about to make the same romantic mistakes.... More
This is Allen's 43rd feature film. The last time he appeared on screen as an actor was in 2006's Scoop.Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
The extent to which you’re prepared to enjoy To Rome with Love will be determined not only by your overall Woody Allen appreciation but by your ability to enjoy some deliberately wacky comic decisions. That’s because Allen pursues a decidedly non-contemporary route here, employing absurd comedy devices that may have felt more at home in the 70s or early 80s. An amateur opera singer who can only perform on stage within an environment like that of his bathroom, for example, or Alec Baldwin as an imaginary confidante invisible to all except Jesse Eisenberg.... More
Jumping back and forth between four stories in what amounts to an intercut anthology format helps with this cinematic time capsule feeling, with each of the four tales ending with essentially the same running time as a long sketch. This negates the need for over-explanation, with each scenario playing out to a comfortable and self-contained resolution without Allen feeling compelled to unnecessarily pull the various plot strands together.
Unlike a typical anthology format, it’s hard to identify the best or worst of the bunch. They all possess the same pleasant silliness, which will charm or enrage depending on your viewpoint. To Rome with Love boasts a strong cast with great work from the aforementioned Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg (in the film’s closest thing to a “Woody Allen role” apart from Woody Allen’s actual role), a surprisingly not annoying Roberto Benigni, and a (deliberately) infuriating Ellen Page amongst others. I liked it – but I can see why some won’t.Hide
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BY queenbee007 lister
I do find Woody Allen a bit annoying and did so in this flick. Only deserves 2.5 stars. The whole Alec Baldwin in the background talking thing was bizarre and the constant swooning over Ellen Page saying she is beautiful sexy etc etc. Come on - she is a small child-like tom-boy. Penelope Cruz was funny and sexy, always a pleasure.
BY dr_strangelove nobody
As Steve Newall said, the humor feels like it would be more at place in the 1970s, however I don't know if this is necessarily a bad thing. It is simply a stylistic difference from today's comedies, and Allen is one of the best at working within this style. The climax of the shower singing storyline is hilarious, as are many of Roberto Benigni's pantomimes. The Jesse Eisenberg lead story is less laugh-out-loud, but it is a valid entry in Allen's canon of love triangle dramedies, mainly because of the cast, in which Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin particularly shine when it come to delivering dialogue.
I really enjoyed this. It's one of Allen's worst, but in my opinion he's never made a bad film (no, not even Melinda and Melinda), so even a bad Allen film is better than most other works on the market. I'm a fan though, so who cares what I say.
Final note, the name is truly awful. It implies that To Rome With Love is an attempt to encapsulate the nature of the city, akin to Manhattan, but really the location is incidental.Hide