Take a few ideas and all the talent you can think of, throw them all onto a set and see what they come up with. Although the premise is hard to grasp at first and the film is not without a few fault, overall, I thought this was one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking films of the year. For someone who loves film, it is truly a majestic piece of art that any film-lover could use as inspiration. The best part about it is that it showcases a variety of talents that you’ve never seen before, mixed with well-known faces that can be seen in a whole new light.
Check out the review below…
- Directors: Jian Wen, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Khapur, Natalie Portman, Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston and Randy Balsmyer.
- Cast: 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.
- Producers: Emmanuel Benbihy and Marina Grasic
To give you a full rundown of all the plots would take you and I both far to long, and you would be much better off just seeing the film instead. To cut to the chase, this film is a collaboration of stories from a variety of different imaginative filmmakers that all made a short film about why they love New York.
Note: Before I begin, I wanted to say that I will not be doing a normal review. Each short film could have a review all of it’s own and they would all be quite different. This is simply my take on the work as a whole and should be read as such…
- Seeing actors out of their element: From Shia LaBeouf as a cripple with a thick accent, to Natalie Portman as an Orthodox Jew, we get the chance to see many actors and actresses out of their element and doing well. It’s great to see that just because Hollywood pigeon-holes them, that, what they’re commonly known for is not all that they are capable of.
- The Style: Although there were a number of different styles, they all worked in together rather seamlessly which was no small task for the production-supervisor or whoever was in charge. Overall, the film had many styles and yet all came together as one piece of art.
- The Complexity: There is a lot going on at once and they do no necessarily show you their stories in order — that being said, as an audience member I was never confused and thought that they pulled off the complexity of the piece extremely well.
- Ideas: If nothing else, I left this film feeling inspired and like I had just watched something that would stick with me for a long time to come.
- Seriousness: At times I wished it would lighten up a bit. We’re not changing the world here, we’re making a love story about a person and/or a place. Although some of he stories did this well, others got a little stuck on their own high-horse.
- The Ending: I wasn’t sure how serious the images in the end were. Everything else seemed to be taking place in reality, so am I suddenly supposed to distend belief for 45 seconds?
This is not a film for everyone, but if you are a film-lover and looking for something to inspire you, this is a wonderful piece of work that is well worth a ticket and your time. I would also recommend bringing a friend so that you can over-analyse who did better when.