First, normally I am not a Woody Allen fan but I really liked this movie. It was very sweet. Have you ever wondered about the one who got away; the lost love of your life? “Café Society” like most of Academy Award winner Woody Allen’s films seems almost autobiographical about love affairs gone awry.
Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native ( Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, (Academy Award nominee Steve Carell), an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.
Although Carell, Eisenberg give good solid performances; it was Kristen Stewart who was the show stealer. This could be an Academy Award nomination for Stewart. During the first three quarters of this film, Eisenberg mimicked Woody Allen’s speech patterns and mannerisms. It was almost too much and it distracted from the story. There were voice-overs interspersed by Allen, an 80 year old man looking back on his life which seemed appropriate.
The sets and costumes are fabulous. The vibrancy of the cinematography brings the story to life. As in most Wood Allen movies, the music is perfect for the story and times. The music really sets the mood and takes us back in times. Allen, a jazz aficionado, injects several scenes were we get to see jazz played and it works. I found myself humming the tunes from the movie for days.
Is “Café Society” one of Woody Allen’s best movies? Probably not but it’s not one of his worst either. It is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Seeing it on the big screen is not a waste of money because it is such a beautifully shot film.
“Café Society” is definitely a chick flick but it is a nice story of a lost love that you never forgot. Most people have one.