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I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
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Well, the quirky Woody Allen is back, and this time not only does he write and direct the movie, he also stars in it. He plays an eccentric retiree who is discontent with retired life. He feels useless and longs for some kind of meaning in his life. His hilarious wife (played by Judy Davis) is a psychiatrist who analyses his every move. She is only hilarious because she constantly picks on him - but he deserves it. He is not the most lovable of characters, and he is only one of many characters in this movie.

The movie is set in Rome and there are a myriad of interesting characters: some Italian, some American, some young, some old, some locals, and some tourists. There are the honeymooners, the man who is famous for no reason, the young lovers and their old-married-couple-parents, the man who traipses down memory lane, the famous (and overly cocky) movie star, the young man who is tempted by his girlfriends captivating friend, and many, many more. Put them together and what do you get? Sparks, temptation, arguments, predicaments, sex, drama and tears.

And the cast, oh, what a wonderful ensemble. The Hollywood heavyweights Judy Davis, Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin live up to their names and play their complicated characters with ease. The up and coming young indie actors Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Alison Pill do a tremendous job with their fast paced dialogue and challenging roles.

Woody Allen's Academy Award winning film 'Midnight in Paris' was Allen's 41st film and was his most successful to date. He promises that 'To Rome With Love' will please audiences with its playfulness, and he claims that the film is a superb ode to the Eternal City, Rome. The camerawork and scenery is spectacular, the acting is stellar, the script is comical and amusing, and the acting is top notch. This is definitely worth watching.

3/5

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Why? The quirky Woody Allen is back
Where: In cinemas
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