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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Woody Allen Writes a Love Letter to the Eternal City in the First Trailer for "To Rome, With Love"

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?


Alex Withrow said...

Woody Allen is one of my favorite directors, so I'll definitely be seeing it, but I must say that I was overall underwhlemed by this trailer. That isn't very surprising to me, because I think his trailers are usually edited very poorly, but at any rate, if Woody's got a movie in the theater, I'm there.

Also, how great is it to see Judy Davis back in the Woody Allen mix?!

Castor said...

I'm disappointed that Ellen Page is cast as some kind of Italian character. That pretty much eliminates any chance of some mad dialogue between Juno and the creator of Facebook :(

s. said...

The trailer isn't any good really, looks unfunny and not very interesting. Hopefully the movie may be completely different. I'm so happy to see Allen and Davis on screen together again.

Brittani Burnham said...

I'll probaby give this a shot for Page and Eisenberg. Especially after Midnight In Paris surprised me so much.

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