by Kelsey Hess, published on July 15, 2012 - 5:31 PM|
Woody Allens latest location film, To Rome With Love, juggles five stories in which characters suffer the disappointment of getting what they want most. While the movie is certainly well-made and entertaining, it fails to relate to the average viewer and often falls short in terms of emotion and continuity.
The film features a cast of well-known stars such as Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ellen Page, as well as Allen in the leading roll. The many plots of the movie give each character limited screen-time, but they all manage to portray their emotional conflicts as they tour Rome. The characters feel a lack of satisfaction with achieving their dreams, but despite their disappointment, end with a sense of contentment in their Italian experience.
The cinematographer of To Rome With Love, Darius Khondji, worked with Allen on his other recent film, Midnight in Paris. The similarities between the two are uncanny; the location is featured as highly as the actors themselves.
The actors charm, simplistic plot, and breathtaking views of Rome attempt to compensate for flat moments and uninteresting situations. Though the characters are inconsistent and the film lacks relatable emotion, Allen and Khondji blend the talented cast and the magic of the Roman air into a film that entertains, even if it does not connect.