Last year Woody Allen experienced a magnificent return to form with his well-written, fantastical, and hilarious film Midnight in Paris. It is not unfair to say that many people’s expectations are quite raised for his upcoming follow-up To Rome with Love. Those expectations may be dampened a bit by the first full-length trailer for his next film posted on Yahoo! Movies that seems to be infused with less magic than his previous effort. Granted, the trailer for Midnight in Paris did not reveal the full splendor of the world he was going to create, but the trailer for To Rome with Love has more groans than laughs in it.
The film continues Allen’s tour through Europe as he travels South from France to the ancient city of Rome. Making his first appearance in front of the camera since 2006’s Scoop, Allen is joined by his usual cast of all-stars including Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jessie Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, and a slew of Italian actors and actresses. The plot synopsis is vague, but it appears to be an ensemble film in the vain of his recent efforts like Whatever Works and You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger.
As an admitted Woody Allen apologist, even I have to admit that the trailer is nothing to get enthusiastic about. There is an opening joke about forgetting to convert an IQ to Euros and one later in the trailer about working on your back all day that both seem juvenile and certainly beneath the witty humor we have come to expect from Allen. The cast is very strong and my hopes are high, but I suspect that this may not be a worthy follow-up to one of the best films from last year.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
To Rome with Love will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 22, 2012.