Typical new Allen: entertaining and nostalgic movie making. Basically the movie could’ve been made in the 50s which is charming in its own way. On the downside it occasionally feels like a messy soap opera, and although the last voice-over tries to make this messiness also the point of the movie, I don’t think it holds water.
The movie just serves as a reminder that Woody Allen is getting old/that his outlook on life has changed. I was still left wondering that does Allen despises the idea of chasing youth, taking the Alfie character into account or does he feel sympathy for such people. Despite making Helena look like a fool for believing in the occult, she is the only one who finds some sort of resolution. Has Allen become spiritual?
It's strange this film doesn't feel like a Woody Allen film at all. Though it has some of his trademarks. (The ensemble, jazz music, witty dialogue, privledged people) What i notice about the films he males abroad is that he perfectly captures the sights and atmospheres of the places he films. While also making things look artistic. Here there just feels like there is no reason for anything in it, No passion.