Monday, April 17, 2017

Café Society (2016)

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
DOP: Vittorio Storaro
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carrell

In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to LA and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

Woody Allen is still managing to do a film a year and this one is his latest starring Jesse Eisenberg in the Woody Allen role, who has a deer in the headlights quality. Unlike his latest few films, it is not set in Europe but in 1930s America with the age-old West Coast versus East Coast routine we're so familiar from Woody Allen films like Annie Hall. It does have a mish-mash feel to it but generates more than enough laughs to make it a pretty good watch.

Eisenberg has been in a Woody Allen movie before and it is the first outing for Kristen Stewart. Emma Stone had been starring in the last few. Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine have been the best among the latest Woody Allen films. Café Society is a good watch without being nearly as good as those two.

Rating: 3/5