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|Genre:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 96 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
In the 1930s the young New Yorker Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) travels to Los Angeles. There, with the help of his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), an influential Hollywood agent, he wants to gain a foothold in the dream factory. But instead of the big breakthrough he finds here in Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), the assistant of his uncle, the really big love. But after a short period of happiness, Bobby returns to New York with a broken heart. He starts here, for his shady brother Ben (Corey Stoll) in his new nightclub. He proves to be a natural talent and makes the club one of the hottest locations in the city. When he also meets the attractive Veronica (Blake Lively), his life seems to have finally arrived on the road to success. But then the past catches up with him again…
With "Café Society" Woody Allen travels back to the 1930s. Here he tries to tell a story, which seems to be a bit too big for his style. The storyline around Bobby Dorfman is well elaborated during his stay in Los Angeles and told in a harmonious pace. But this is only part of a larger whole, since the other members of his family - especially brother Ben and his criminal machinations - are also supposed to play an important role. However, much is only dealt with incidentally, with Allen himself acting as narrator. And so, in many moments, the story seems badly rushed, overloaded and a little unripe. The scenes in which he takes his time to work out what's happening through his usual good dialogues work out really well, which is not least due to the once again excellent cast of actors.
However, when Bobby returns to New York at the latest, Allen hurries too hectically through the rest of the story. The whole subplot about the annoying neighbour of Bobby's sister or about Ben's machinations seems to be very immature and also the relationship between Bobby and Veronica can't really develop credibly. Too rigidly, Allen follows his own formulas, which don't really harmonize with the actual size of this story.
Much about Café Society is true, but by far not everything. And that leads in the end to the fact that this is a decent Woody Allen, but not an outstanding one. The director deserves credit for always trying to bring a little versatility into his work. This has paid off time and again in recent years. But from you on the intentions and the final result just don't fit together. And that is exactly the case here. For loyal fans of Woody Allen this mixture of comedy and love drama is nevertheless worth seeing. Only those who expect a new masterpiece will be disappointed.
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