Sunday, July 8, 2012
To Rome With Love: Lust and Cynicism
Since To Rome, which stars Allen and a superlative cast, is a rom-com, the theme is obvious.
But Allen's new movie is also like a lemon meringue pie: Frothy and sweet at first bit, but dense and tart underneath.
Allen dwells on one of his favored themes —celebrity —and reaches the cynical conclusion paraphrased here. Life is shabby and it sucks, but is a lot less crummy if you're a celebrity.
Most of the characters are swept into the cult of celebrity and willing to forsake the ones they love for a twirl with fame. In this way To Rome is a lot like a cup of espresso: dark and bitter.