Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: To Rome with Love

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

To Rome with Love – Opening June 22, 2012

This preview for Woody Allen’s latest film came out last week. In many ways, it looks like a typical Allen film, transplanted to Rome after recent trips to Paris, London, and Barcelona, but there’s not nearly as much about infidelity as has been included in other trailers for Allen films. I’m sure there’s a whole lot in there, however, and I imagine much of the romance in the film will be multigenerational. Allen hasn’t starred in one of his films in six years, “Scoop” being his last appearance, and he looks and sounds the same now, though he’s clearly much older and tends to speak a little bit slower. Penelope Cruz returns after her Oscar-winning turn in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” to play another crazy lady, and she’s joined by a host of newbies to the Allen repertoire. The cast is diverse, including Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Greta Gerwig. Roberto Benigni’s accidental celebrity seems particularly entertaining, and I’m glad to see him in a role that should be befitting his talents. This trailer looks whimsical and fun, not necessarily taking itself too seriously, and there’s great music as well to accompany the scenes in the trailer. I didn’t love “Midnight in Paris,” so I’d be thrilled to see a great Allen film that defies his traditional conventions and emphasizes his other strengths.

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