: Oct. 16
Directors: Brett Ratner, Natalie Portman, Mira Nair, Jiang Wen and others
Writers: Anthony Minghella, Hall Powell and others
Cinematographers: Benoit Debie, Pawel Edelman and others
Starring: Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Bradley Cooper, James Caan
Studio/Run Time: Vivendi Entertainment, 110 mins.
Romantic travelogue hits turbulence
Like Paris je t’aime, its similarly titled forerunner, New York, I Love
You cobbles a series of interwoven vignettes into a feature focused
around metropolitan monogamy and geographic adulation. This new entry
takes the process a step further by stitching every character into a
shared universe, but the design proves largely inconsequential without
a central conflict and conclusion. The biggest problem, though, is the
sheer lack of consistency. Just like our favorite hormonally inspired
mixtapes, the sum here does not necessarily exceed the parts: Chemistry
ranges from adorable (Olivia Thirlby and Anton Yelchin) to combustible
(Ethan Hawke and Maggie Q) to downright creepy (Chris Cooper and Robin
Wright Penn). The offerings from Brett Ratner and Natalie Portman are
the lone hot spots in a line of increasingly impotent misfires from
foreign directors who opt for lethargic shots and meandering dialogue.
Audiences will have to be extremely charitable to find merit in this
uncoordinated train wreck.