Woody Allen is old and questionable in character yet clearly a sagacious and prodigious talent. He writes all his scripts by hand on his ancient typewriter - 42+ to date. The prolific genius of Allen has produced a film, for me, of near equal value every year for the last four decades. There is great and good and unsure Allen but never bad.
To Rome WIth Love is Woody Allen’s latest endearment - this time set with an Italian backdrop. The man likes his fantasy stories. Midnight In Paris, his last effort, was critically well received by fans and non-fans alike. TRWL was not quite as good but was still classic Allen and of course droll and witty as expected.
The story is set up with a series of four vignettes told during the period of about a week or less. Woody makes an appearance in one of the stories as his neurotic self with Judy Davis as his sidekick. Jessie Eisenberg plays a lovesick young man debating his lofty affections for Ellen Page while being mentored by Alec Baldwin. Then we have two local stories that are more prosaic, yet still fantastical.
Allen's parents lived to a very old age so I hope I will continue to get a prodigious amount of laughs and tears for a couple more decades.
Recommended Viewing: Vicky Christina Barcelona - Midnight In Paris - Whatever Works
Bob Scale: Objective: 7.5 - Subjective: 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 45