My main takeaway from the film is that sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn’t, and that basically goes with every aspect.
Jesse Eisenburg is a perfect vehicle for Allen’s dialogue, but many of the other actors didn’t work as well, particularly Steve Carell (who I typically adore).
The fuzzy glow of Old Hollywood really brings the audience into the time period...when the scene takes place indoors. Outside, it makes the movie look more like Mad Max or Transformers.
The sharp cuts produce a laugh or an interesting contrast at some points, but most of them feel jerky and rough.
The one thing I couldn’t stand was the narration. It didn’t belong in Old Hollywood and it doesn’t belong in Modern Hollywood either. Everything just felt overexplained and lazy.
Even still, Eisenburg and Stewart’s chemistry is rich and wonderful. Too bad the themes feel highly uncomfortable coming from a position like Allen’s.