​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#1 CAFE SOCIETY (2016)






A new year generally means new beginnings. Some more important than others. Here's one not too terribly urgent - #1 (1?) of the brand new 2017 movie countdown is Woody Allen's Cafe Society (2016). Woody narrates his tale of Woody-surrogate Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) leaving NYC to try and find work in 1930's LA, hoping that his agent-uncle Phil (Steve Carell) will find him some work. He does odd jobs around the agency and Phil's secretary Vonnie (a radiant Kristen Stewart) shows him around the city, and they start to fall in love even though Vonnie says she has a boyfriend. WHO her boyfriend is leads to all sorts of situations. Cafe Society starts off as good Woody, with a wonderful performance by Stewart (she looks amazing in casual 30s clothes). Rosenberg, Carell, Corey Stoll (as Dorfman's gangster brother) and especially Jeannie Berlin (as Bobby's mother) are all good. But the script develops into bad Woody as plot machinations we can see coming from afar start to happen. The characters do exactly as we predict they will, and not in a very interesting way. And then the movie just abruptly ends in a fairly unsatisfying way. Cafe Society is a great half film. And a self-indulgent and predictable half-film.

TLA one-word review: indulgent

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?