I think we should be thankful that Woody Allen continues to make films, even if they are not top quality. And for Alec Baldwin's witticisms. It feels unreal that he never reached the massive star/actor level that he should of. On the other hand Greta Gerwig & Alison Pill are just awkward and irritating whenever I see them onscreen. Like what. the. fuck?
Woody Allen channels his inner Frederico Fellini even ripping off the story of "The White Sheik" in this love letter to Rome. It is a cute film but it is the scene with the operasinger in a shower that feels most inventive. As with most Woody Allen films from the last decade he seem not certain how to finish the film correctly either. Ornella Muti still looks gorgeous in her one scene cameo too. Just wow.
Light, skittish sketches, under-rehearsed, over-acted, artifice to the point of contrivance. Having said that, it’s often fun, sometimes piercingly acute, and often engaging. Imperfect Woody which is redeemed by the gorgeous of Rome, the light, and the actors.
Critics seem to take to the tags of 'comedy' & 'romance', calling it funny, light, charming... and TRWL does shine so. But it's Rome-- soil impassioned by mortal toil; there are also deep-cutting lessons, here cast upon persons cultured Italian & American, and of various age groups. The viewer's gaze is tuned to sneaky, funny deviations possible in their own life, through which they may emerge changed, made vigorous.
I am not a big fan of Woody Allen, I recogniose the brilliance of a part of the construct ( like the shower opera singer) but I found, for example, the prostitute arc pretty weak. Surrealism is strong in the overnight celebrity but it is not really exploited except for laughs. Finally, the central story will resonate strongly for anyone who has been exposed to a little brunette feel alike. Barely fits together though
Wanted to like this but despite some amusing moments this was mostly quite boring. There were some good performances from Davis, Benigni and Baldwin but it wasn't enough to save the film. Additionally all four stories felt quite underdeveloped to me. If I have to give some positives I'll admit that there are some nice shots of Rome. Overall though, this was quite disappointing.
The usual stellar cast is assembled for this moderately enjoyable Woody Allen sojourn around the streets of Rome. Highlights include Roberto Benigni being suddenly famous for no good reason, Penelope Cruz being wonderful, and a strand about everyone singing better in the shower that wouldn't be too out of place in some of his more straightforward comedies from decades ago.
The main male characters are the usual iterations of the nervous, bumbling Woody Allen character seen in every one of his films. While it worked in Midnight in Paris it fails here - 3 in one film is overkill. The female characters are hollow sex objects existing only as scaffolding for the male characters. After 40+ years it's boring to watch & proves Allen's narcissism & his lack of talent to create anything new.