Upon deciding to go and see the new Woody Allen film, I expected something offbeat and fairly light-hearted, especially after just re-watching his last picture, Midnight in Paris, however I was left reeling at the fairly somber tone of Blue Jasmine. The plot revolves around Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown following the disintegration of her marriage and high-society lifestyle.
In To Rome With Love, Woody Allen continues on his tour around the European continent, honing in on the Italian peninsula for a classically quirky tale of life in la bella Roma with multiple facets to the plot.
Films that involve time travel rarely bode well. Unless you are producing a Disney cartoon, successfully weaving reality with the supernatural element of time travel is about as difficult as trying to squeeze toothpaste back into its tube – near impossible and almost always, a complete disaster. Take The Time Traveller’s Wife for example; what worked so beautifully in text was ultimately ruined in cinematic form. The same can be said about the awful re-make of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine in 2002, starring (of all people) Samantha Mumba. Surely, only text can convey the unnatural and make it believable… or can it?