Café Society was written and directed by Woody Allen takes place in 1930’s California at first, where Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) goes to work for his Uncle Phil at a movie producing company. Here, he meets Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and falls quickly in love with her. She on the other hand, does not fall so quickly. She has a boyfriend, who we later find out to be none other than Bobby’s married Uncle Phil (Steve Carell). After Phil breaks up with Vonnie, she starts a relationship with Bobby (who is unaware that Phil is the ex-boyfriend) and falls in love. One day, Phil decides to leave his wife and Vonnie is left with a decision on who she is going to marry: Phil or Bobby.
Broken-hearted, Bobby moves back to New York to help his brother in the night club business. His brother does not have a very good reputation in the city and is most likely part of a group of gangsters that do whatever it takes to get ahead in the world. Pushing this aside, Bobby excels at running the night club, and he meets Veronica (Blake Lively) who will later become his wife. Married and happy, it doesn’t seem like anything could go wrong. Until Uncle Phil and “Aunt” Vonnie come for a visit. Bobby quickly goes down the rabbit hole with Vonnie, walking her around the city and falling back in love with her all over again
I didn’t like Bobby’s personality at all. He was full of himself even though he really didn’t have any reason to be (at least at first, until he is stealing the club scene in the end). I liked their outfits throughout the film, and the story itself wasn’t terrible. My favorite scene in the movie was probably the one with Vonnie working at the coat check counter. First Phil comes up to her and asks her to marry her after finding out she was dating his nephew, then Bobby finally discovers that she had been seeing his uncle and goes up there to ask the same question. Kristen played the flustered girl with a big decision to make quite well, but I will say I’m a little disappointed in her decision. I guess this is just a key aspect of the movie though huh?
I didn’t find anything special about this movie whatsoever. Yes there were some good scenes, and the acting wasn’t terrible, but I’m not sure I would say it was amazing either. I’m going to give this movie an “okay” rating. I wouldn’t watch it again I don’t think, but the story wasn’t bad and there were some little quirky lines and aspects of the film that made it a bit more amusing.
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