So after almost a year of delays, I finally get to see this movie. I reviewed it for [X]Press magazine, but read my review to get the gist of it. It’s a wonderful film. =)
Movie Review: New York, I Love You
Chris Huqueriza, associate editor and staff writer
October 12, 2009
Valentine’s day may be a long time from now, but if you’re still in the mood for a romantic comedy, then New York, I Love You is the perfect film for the love aficionados. And if you’re still weary about this film, then its international and cultural premise should do the trick.
New York, I Love You comprises a collection of eleven short films each running around five to ten minutes long with the center theme of finding love in one of the most culturally diverse metropolitan cities in the world, New York. The stories are closely selective as they film in one of the five burroughs (Bronx. Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island). A sequel to the critically acclaimed and must see film, Paris Je’ Taime, both movies pays tribute to a wonderfully eclectic and vibrant city. Actress Julie Christie sums it perfect: “That’s why I love New York. Everyone came from somewhere else.”
Each short film is directed by some of world-renowned directors with an all-star ensemble ranging from Natalie Portman (also directing a short), Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBouf, Maggie Q, Christina Ricci, and Bradley Cooper. Some viewers will notice American directors Zach Braff (Garden State), Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), and Albert and Allen Hughes (Menace to Society) taking a stab at the vignettes, but some of the world-renowned directors from from India to Japan to South Korea help bring the movie an international flavor.
Each of the vignettes provides some great fantastical moments: 1) An old bickering couple squabbles as they walk through the New York streets with a great sense of humor and a touch of tenderness. 2) Anthony Minghella directs a haunting short about a bellhop finding love with an old woman. 3) Brett Ratner directs a hilariously charming prom story about a male virgin escorting a wheelchair-bound girl. 4) A male lothario receives a shocking surprise after viciously flirting with a stranger.
While none were terribly bad, some vignettes were forgettable leaving the viewers aching for more substance. A few come to mind are: a painter obsessed with a girl, two men giving different directions in a taxi-cab, and a girl complaining about never leaving the city. Within the span of five minutes, it’s hard to invest in these scenarios.
While New York, I Love You is an entertaining collection of shorts, the movie cannot beat its predecessor, Paris Je’Taime. Now the next follow-up is rumored to be Shanghai, I Love You. But c’mon, San Francisco is diverse and rich in culture that it’s begging to be the next city. San Francisco SHOULD be the next city to visit. Think about it, love stories in the centering in the hard-forgotten Castro bars, the Haight-Asbury cafes, or on the trolleys of Union Square. It would be a sight to see.
writer’s bio: Chris Huqueriza loves being a film connoisseur. He mentally orgasms at films done before 1980.