Woody Allen directs Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Liev Schreiber in this romantic comedy where two erudite but callow college lovers visit New York and have their worldview expanded.
What looked for a while like it might have been Woody Allen’s last hurrah. Thank goodness it wasn’t as this is a pretty weightless and musty epitaph to a fantastic career. A teen comedy where the kids only reference points are Yasser Arafat, Greta Garbo and their ridiculous inherited wealth. The conspicuously old fashioned dialogue, mores and flitting, unstable nature of the plot suggests this is just a lot of off cuts and half realised ideas for scenes that Woody never found a plot for. 50 years worth of notes and uncompleted drafts strung together. That might explain why the highly punchable Chalamet, Liev and Jude Law are all simultaneously playing the “Woody Allen” role in this. The jarring anachronism of the characters and plotting means it proves very hard to settle into the few witticisms and seductions that land. Elle Fanning, once again, turns mince into steak… her innocent wannabe film journalist swings from pretentiousness to naïf to bimbo to mistress yet you never not want to take yours eyes off her in her random farcical scenes.
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