After penning last year's positively enchanting Midnight in Paris (and nabbing an Academy Award for best screenplay), director Woody Allen is showing no signs of slowing down. This year Allen takes us to the Eternal City to eavesdrop on the quirky shenanigans of the locals in To Rome, With Love.
Reuniting with Penélope Cruz, his Oscar-winning muse from Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, Allen assembles a random cast of individuals including Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alison Pill (also from Midnight), Alec Baldwin, Greta Garwig, Roberto Benigni and Judy Davis for the new film.
Judging by the trailer, Allen looks like he revisits some of his familiar themes of romance and misadventures, which seems perfect for Garwig, Davis and Benigni. But this is an odd look for Page and Eisenberg, whose characters seem to have gotten caught in a love triangle. For some reason, I see those two together and instantly think of Page and Michael Cera (Eisenberg's doppleganger) in Juno. But that's probably just me....
Also, why does Allen keep casting Cruz as a wild/sassy/sex-crazed vixen? She's a great actress, and I'm sure she's fine in this. But...let's just add an asterisk there.
In any case, the trailer looks like it's missing that certain je ne sais quoi that's so wondrous about Midnight, but it looks worth a watch. The movie will premiere at the end of this month in Italy, before it comes to the U.S. on June 22nd. Will you see it?