Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald gives two stars to the 1930s-set romantic comedy-drama.
The Seattle International Film Festival opens with Woody Allen’s latest, set in 1930s Hollywood and Manhattan and starring Jesse Eisenberg. Unfortunately, it’s one of his lazier efforts; the recent magic of “Midnight in Paris” or the acting fireworks of “Blue Jasmine” seem a lifetime away. The plodding story involves a romantic triangle, two corners of which, natch, involve Allen’s now-queasy trademark: a young woman (Kristen Stewart, girlishly styled to look even younger) and a much older man (Steve Carell). Though Santo Loquasto’s Art Deco production design is a pleasure, and the film’s last few minutes find a road-not-taken poignancy, “Café Society” sags where it should sparkle; it mostly just feels like an uninspired remake of itself. An opening-night party at Exhibition Hall will follow the screening. 7 p.m. May 19, McCaw Hall.