A new review from The Movie Snob.
Café Society (B). I know Woody Allen is a skeezy old moral nihilist who married his lover’s adopted daughter. Still, I have to say I have enjoyed at least some of his recent movies. (Irrational Man was a pretty glaring exception.) I caught a private screening of Café Society the other night and enjoyed it pretty well. (Okay, it just happened that I was the only person in the theater that night. Still, I felt special.)
Jesse Eisenberg (To Rome With Love) plays “the Woody Allen character.” His name is Bobby Dorfman, and he’s a young man at loose ends in 1930s New York. So he moves to L.A. where his uncle Phil (Steve Carell, Crazy, Stupid, Love) is a hotshot agent to all the top movie stars. Bobby falls in love with Phil’s secretary Veronica (Kristen Stewart, Clouds of Sils Maria), but she’s got a boyfriend. Meanwhile, back in NYC, Bobby’s older brother Ben (Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris) is making a living as a thug and racketeer. I can’t say more without committing spoilers, but I thought it was an entertaining picture. Bobby is less loquacious and neurotic then most of the Woody-esque characters in Allen’s films, which is a nice change of pace. I’m not sure Kristen Stewart is as pretty and interesting as the movie needs her to be, but I could suspend disbelief well enough.