I think I'm probably the only person on the planet, and certainly the only Woody fan, who didn't really get the appeal of Midnight In Paris, so with that in mind, I wasn't especially bothered by the reviews that To Rome With Love faced.
Roberto Benigni in the film's most inventive and funny vignette
As per usual in Woody movies the exposition heavy dialogue/lexicon really crashes around your ears and it's even worse seeing it writ large on the screen in subtitles but after about 20 mins with the plot(s) in motion this becomes less of an issue.
Penelope Cruz in that dress, looking hot
Ellen Page, perfect Woody woman
The diverse cast equip themselves well though, notably Eisenberg playing an obvious Allen type) Benigni and Penelope Cruz having a ball as a sultry hooker. But it's Ellen Page who really takes the honours. I really hope Woody uses her again in another (better) movie as she took to his style like a duck to water. Though it is fair to say she's playing the same young attractive pseudo intellectual woman mould Woody has been using for donkeys years now, she nevertheless does it brilliantly. Ignore any review that says she's miscast - they're idiots.
l to r Judy Davis, Woody and Allison Pill
It's nice to see Judy Davis back in a Woody film, and indeed even nicer to see Woody himself in front of the cameras for the first time since 2006. Allison Pill - playing their daughter - also returns to Woody's world after her debut in Midnight In Paris. I'm a big fan of her in The Newroom so it's a shame that once again her potential is wasted here in a role that promises more but ultimately is quite slight. Indeed that vignette is amusing enough but very one note. But Alec Baldwin, whilst perfectly serviceable it must be said, looks like shit these days - skin like putty, eyes like pissholes in the snow, deeply overweight and far too preoccupied with his hair...much like all the Baldwins I guess, making it now even harder to differentiate between them!
Alec Baldwin looking like shit
Jesse Eisenberg doing a Woody impressions
Not as bad as some would have it and if you failed to see the appeal of Midnight In Paris but still like Woody (like me) you'll find this another so-so movie from him. Watch it specifically for the Eisenberg/Ellen and Benigni vignettes - the former is classic Allen, the latter is almost like early days Allen, surreal and funny. I just wish the money people would have allowed Woody his original title 'Nero Fiddles'. So much better.