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Café Society (2016) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 50

Café Society is Woody Allen’s latest film, and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, and Steve Carell. The story follows Bobby (Eisenberg), who moves to LA in the ’30’s to work for his uncle Phil (Carell), a powerhouse agent in the film industry. While working for his uncle, he falls in love with Phil’s secretary Vonnie (Stewart). The only problem? Phil and Vonnie are involved in a clandestine affair.

The acting in this film is incredible. Kristen Stewart gives one of her best performances to date, showing different layers to a character who could have easily been portrayed as one-dimensional. Jesse Eisenberg’s natural awkwardness and naivety feel organic in this role, and Steve Carell is both cold and vulnerable as the big honcho of the film. Blake Lively stuns as the woman Eisenberg settles for (which is a little unbelievable, because who would settle for Blake Lively?!). The relationships between each of the characters feel natural and nuanced, and you genuinely care for each of them, no matter what actions they end up taking.

Café Society is a stunning film, both in the lavish sets and the stunning cinematography. The costumes are gorgeous, and the bright color palette is elegant and cheery.

I adored this film, and was glad it was my first Woody Allen film experience. A lavish film with intricate relationships and layered performances, this is a sumptuous experience that will enrapture you if you’re not careful.

Verdict: 4.5/5

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