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Friday, January 20, 2017

Report Card---"Cafe Society"

This is the morning of Inauguration Day, which I intend to completely boycott and ignore.
Which no one needs care about or judge me on, it's just to explain why I'm writing a movie review at this moment.  I'm just trying to keep myself occupied.
"Cafe Society" is your typical Woody Allen movie of late.
He makes 'em , I go see 'em, and I'm usually disappointed.
There have been some really good ones since "Radio Days", "Anything Else", and "Blue Jasmine".
But many have been letdowns.
Nothing terrible, just less than the an incredibly high standard he once set for himself.
"Café Society" is just not all that funny and there is no other element to replace it.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not at all.

Is it a story worth telling?

I feel like I've been there before.

Is it good storytelling?

Not bad.

Is it well written?

The man still knows how to write.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Jesse Eisenberg is doing the part that Woody knows he's now too old to play himself.
He pales in comparison.

Well shot?

Extremely.  It takes place in the 1930s with exquisite attention to detail.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Always.  Particularly his  great use of music.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

No problem.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Somewhat, and somewhat.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Nothing surprised me much here.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not at all.

Is it funny?

Here and there.  Mostly there.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

No, even though I would have

Is it impressive?

With a better script, it would have been.

Overall grade: B-.

Woody, don't just keep makin' em just to make 'em.  Wait until you're sure you have a good one.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."