When Veronika and I were in Rome last year, we had an unbelievable encounter on our last day in this beautiful old city! In one of the non-touristic and not well known districts, we suddenly found ourselves amidst the shooting of Woody Allen’s new film! We saw Jesse Eisenberg and Woody himself and were told that we had just missed Alec Baldwin and Ellen Page.
You can imagine how excited we were for the movie, especially cause we’re Woody’s biggest fans! In the beginning, I was a bit shocked at the deja-vu contents and didn’t know where Allen was heading with his storylines. They didn’t seem to build up something solid. However, time after time all the stories became meaningful pieces of cinema.
“To Rome With Love’s” atmosphere is very authentic and Woody stays true to his directing and storytelling scheme. The feel good flair should be no surprise for anyone knowing Allen’s films. The actors are very wisely chosen. Even though Ellen Page might be the most questionable choice of the lot, her part is hilarious.
I was very pleased to see that the script delivers several messages that have a very up-to-date meaning and are brought close to us in a very satirical way, instead of being thrown at us like in other Hollywood movies. The movie bringing a small piece of summer back to you for 2 hours is just a bonus :)