Cafe Society - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

Cafe Society - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

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Black BarneyBlack Barney   August 24, 2016  
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Much like Match Point, Woody Allen explores the allure of infidelity and the simple nature of man. 

Jesse Eisenberg gives a commanding lead performance but it simply takes too long for co-star Kristen Stewart, cute as she is, to catch up. Her initial character is just simply hard to believe as an actual person. Where's this confidence coming from? 

Also, some of the casting is tough to swallow as goofy Steve Carrell is a Hollywood agent but takes too long to warm into the role. It's always tough for audiences to buy these transitions and just when I was no longer seeing him as Michael Scott, in walks Paulie Walnuts playing an East Coast italian. Are you kidding me?

Some comedic moments are well worth it (early on Jesse is with a prostitute and it's classic Woody Allen dialogue, hilarious). Although the humor is nice and subtle and the background characters are fantastic, I felt like Allen was connecting the dots too often for the audience where he didn't need to, and not exploring other ideas where he left them intentionally obscure. 

Still even with a potentially miscast Kristen Stewart, I think the movie was enjoyable enough. Some beautiful New York vistas near the end in Central Park as only Woody Allen can film. 

Heart rating: 3.5 stars

Brain rating: 3 stars

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 19:32 by Michael Barnes #233007
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I believe it is physically impossible for Kristen Stewart to look like she gives a fuck.
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 08:24 by charlest #233038
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I can't read anything with ____ Society in the name without thinking of Mr. Robot now. I think that ruins this movie for me.
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 08:47 by Grudunza #233045
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charlest wrote:
I can't read anything with ____ Society in the name without thinking of Mr. Robot now. I think that ruins this movie for me.

Ha!

And with recent episodes of Mr. Robot, Elliott finding himself talking like Woody Allen in an old high society film setting is not out of the question.
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 20:02 by Black Barney #233073
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Hey!! These comments are almost as bad as anything I typically post!


...except Barnes' post. That's a good observation and speaks to why she is totally unconvincing in all her opening scenes. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence was busy or something.

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