What does it take to make a movie a mainstream hit? A star-studded cast? Check. Creative and unique story lines? Check. A directorial debut by Scarlett Johansson? Check. Following in the same unique structure of its unofficial predecessor, Paris, Je T’Aime, New York, I love you is comprised of 12 films that take place in the 5 boroughs of New York. Each film is different but they all have one thing in common; they are about finding love in New York.
New York, I love you has an all-star cast which includes Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Emilie Ohana, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, Anton Yelchin, James Caan, Olivia Thilrlby, Blake Lively, Drea de Matteo, Julie Christie, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Ugur Yucel, Taylor Geare, Carlos Acosta, Jacinda Barrett, Shu Qi, Burt Young, Chris Cooper, Robin Wright Penn, Eva Ammuri, Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman.
The best part of the movie, other than the talented cast, is the fact that it is created by some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers from all over the word. For example, Jian Wen, Mira Nair, Shunji Iwai, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Khapur, Natalie Portman (another newbie in the directorial world), Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston and Randy Balsmyer. Each filmmaker brings to the movie, his or her own vision, his or her own take on love in New York.
On the other hand, having all those big name actors can take away from the message of the movie. People go to see the movie in order to catch a glimpse of Shia LaBeouf and Blake Lively more than for the love story line taking place on-screen. Then there are all the no-name stars who have to compete with these big stars and have to make their segments of the movie just as compelling for audience members.
Although, Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut was given the boot, according to producer Emmanuel Benbihy, because it was different and didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie; not because it was bad, you still have the star-studded cast and unique plot structure. The movie comes out on October 16th and is the second of a series of “Cities of Love” movies conceived by Benbihy.
Will the movie be a success? Only time can tell. Either way, this romantic drama will entertain you and give you a diverse take on love, from all five boroughs of New York.