So, we were eager to see how "To Rome with Love" played out. The visuals of Rome are stunning. The monuments, ruins, the architecture are displayed in sharp colors. It actually looks a lot cleaner and less crowded than we remember it. However, cinema tends to do that. Bollywood movies take place in Mumbai, and when you go to Nariman Point, you're overwhelmed by the crowds. I can't take a picture of the scene, let alone film a song there without fifty people in it.
As for "To Rome", there were few main storylines that split out but don't connect. Maybe I should do a Visio flowchart on this?
- Hayley and Roman (2)
- Hayley's parents come (Woody Allen and ..woot..woot.. Judy Davis)
- Hayley's parents meet Roman's family (+2)
- The Italian newlyweds who go in different directions
- Bride's adventures (+few)
- Groom's adventures (+ Penelope Cruz)
- Average Italian family man entanglement with fame
- Two young Americans in Rome
- Friend and Alec Baldwin come visit (+2)
- Throw in some misplace Romans as muses
So there - I've laid out the stories and they don't intertwine or anything. We tried to figure out any kind of theme underneath it -- You think you desire something, but when you get it you don't want it? You're happy with status quo? There's no place like home, Toto?
There's also Woody Allen's babbling neurotic dialogue. Every very movie has "the Woody Allen" character and Jesse Eisenberg got awarded that, complete with the hunched shoulders while walking.
If you like the usual white Windsor font on black background, amusing music and delightful scenes of Rome and delicious Roman people, it's enjoyable.