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Café Society (2016)

Comedy | 96 minutes
3,11 420 votes

Genre: Comedy / Romance

Duration: 96 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Woody Allen

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell

IMDb score: 6,6 (81.411)

Releasedate: 11 May 2016

Café Society plot

"Anyone who is anyone will be seen at Café Society."

A Jewish family lives in the Bronx in New York in the 1930s. One of the relatives decides to go to Hollywood in hopes of finding a job in the film industry. When he falls in love, he gets carried away in the so-called café society, the lively artist scene.

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JJ_D

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A classic love story – as classic as can be. Ideal, then, to put in the hands of Woody Allen, who is once again going for a spin in his apparently favorite era. The 1930s – yes, as classic as can be.

The oh-so-appealing superficiality of “café society,” as the decadent mishmash of movie stars, politicians, models, and gangsters is called here, are smiled at, as are the rifts of men and women have ears. And “having a seat”, that is called: being infected by the love bug. The fever of butterflies in the stomach: Allen portrays that highly amusing. And recognizable, damn it.

Jesse Eisenberg is a beauty of a (clumsy) charmer, Kristen Stewart must above all be mercilessly beautiful. And she is. She radiates, or no, splashes off the silver screen! Unfortunately, she has to give up on psychology because Allen wants to emphasize her beauty above all. The fact that this amorous duo does not seem to be held accountable to the outside world makes the viewer realize that the plot is rather thin.

However, the concentration around the inexplicable chemistry between two people, which apparently cannot be smothered by any circumstance, is magical. Especially when that idyllic duet is wreathed with atmospheric jazz, delicious romantic clichés, the unparalleled skyline-of-Manhattan-seen-on-a-drunk-morning-in-Central-Park and a lot of witty flirtation. Then you know: 'Café Society' is, despite its imperfections, another fine film.

Oh yes, enjoyed it!

3.25*

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coumi

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With Cafè Society, Allen traditionally delivers his annual film, but unfortunately the conclusion must be that this one also looks away smoothly (due to the ever short duration ) and fairly pleasantly, but will not be remembered for too long and in my own ranking of the almost all watched Allen films will end up somewhere at the bottom of the middle. Woody has lost his magic a bit, he made his best films early in his career and in the 1990s/early of this century. The last five or so films deserve the predicate well, but I missed the real sparkle, was no longer enchanted. The weakness of Cafè Society lies in the meager story of an unbelievable love triangle. The three protagonists all do their thing properly (Stewart even surprisingly well), but I didn't recognize the real chemistry and didn't feel an above-average involvement in this in itself nice tragic story, which ultimately made the film burn out for me. In terms of decoration, the film looks perfect. You can feel the director's love for the thirties and the film world of the time that is portrayed here, but the strong storyteller that Allen used to be again does not feel at home, so that as a viewer you are left with a somewhat dissatisfied feeling with this too sluggish display.

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Mescaline

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Finally another nice surprise from the grandmaster! The first thing I thought about this movie is Radio Days, not only because of the voice over of Woody (Nice that he did that, he can do that more often ) but also the atmosphere and the time period.

Jesse Eisenberg is really on a roll in this film, in To Rome with Love he had a hard time convincing me but in this story he seems to be completely at home as a younger version of Woody Allen's famous character.

Steve Carell has long proven himself as an actor for me (for example in the great Little Miss Sunshine) but also here he seems to be completely at home, I think it was a great honor to be able to act in a Woody Allen film and the combination works great.

I also find Kristen Stewart much more fun and convincing than Emma Stone, this is of course entirely a personal taste but as a viewer I quickly fell in love with her.

A touch of crime that can also be compared to Radio Days sometimes creates some comical situations and, as we are used to, beautifully shot and above all very colorful and atmospheric.

I'm somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4. Towards the end it might feel a bit forced at times in terms of the ramping up pace, but that's the only reason I'm sticking to 3.5 for now.

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