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A typical Woody Allen movie in about every way but yet you can't really call it one of his best ones really.

Typical for some Allen movies, it's not just following one or two main characters but instead a whole bunch of them, this time all set in Rome, Italy. And that's is a bit of a problem for this particular movie.

When you have many different characters, you also have many different story lines. It's a very hard thing to keep each individual storyline interesting and fun enough all throughout and to give each separate storyline just as much care and attention as the other. Well, in this case not every storyline works out very well really and the movie most likely would had been better off with one or two story lines less. Besides, it's not like it's all connected and everything that happens in this movie is serving a significant enough purpose, for the movie as a whole. As a matter of fact, it at times feels like some of the story lines aren't really going anywhere and also not everything gets wrapped up satisfactorily.

Because of its story and way of storytelling the movie also feels overlong, despite the fact that the movie is well under 2 hours short. It really does feel much longer though, which is never a good sign. It's not like the movie ever looses its focus or starts to drag. It's more that the movie does not always succeeds at being interesting and engaging enough with its different story lines and characters involved.

Despite everything, I still enjoyed the movie for what it was though. I mean, it's still cute and has a good, pleasant, atmosphere to it. It's definitely still entertaining enough, mostly due to its fine written comedy, by of course Allen himself.

Woody Allen also once more stars in this movie and I'm glad he does. There was basically no good reason for him to stop appearing in his movies and watching him act and often playing the same type of character over and over again often is the highlight of the movie. Most comedy from this movie actually probably still comes from his character as well and he definitely is a welcome addition to the long and impressive cast-list of this movie, with other actors such as Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penélope Cruz and Roberto Benigni involved.

It's nothing too great or impressive but it's definitely still one fine movie to watch for instance on a rainy afternoon and you want to entertained by something harmless and light.

6/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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