There’s good and bad news to consider when reviewing Woody Allen’s latest Eurocentric release. On the positive side it’s not an offensively bad film there are a lot of nice moments of subtle amusement and clever tie ins to the history and genre of comedy and in that respect Allen has clearly carefully considered the outline of To Rome with Love. Unfortunately once the spark had been formulated it seems the creativity quickly stopped. Much has been written over the years about how Allen moves quickly from project to project without retrospection, so it’s possible he had one eye on his next San Francisco set movie whilst in post, or maybe the pressure of plugging last years delightful Midnight in Paris was too much? Either way that simply isn’t good enough, having some good ideas and tossing off some throwaway jokes for the characters won’t make the finished project anything more than a pseud on celluloid – https://free-putlockers.com/country/Denmark
The film opens with a traffic policeman talking to camera, introducing the variety of life he sees from the roundabout by the Coliseum in broken, effete english. There’s the American student and the Italian socialist and the absurdest clash of cultures when their prospective parents meet, there’s the sex farce involving newlyweds a film star and a prostitute, there’s an ordinary middle class man who will wake up one morning to find his life overturned in a satire on celebrity culture and there’s wordplay and insight as an architect takes a walk down memory lane. There isn’t much that connects the segments, other than mostly taking place in a public and (possibly) geographically suspect version of the eternal city. They all belong to a heightened reality, but the closest to our normal perception would be the farce, and the timeframes are all over the place ranging from a few hours to over six months. This lack of connecting tissue hamstrings the movie as a whole, as we jump from scene to scene between each competing plot it feels as unstructured as a ramdom chat with a traffic warden, meandering through four simultaneous jokes, weakening the punchlines of all of them.