Ever heard of the famous saying 'Too many cooks, spoil the broth?' Well this movie wants to put that exact same saying to test. A sequel of sorts to Paris, Je t'aime, the movie comes from the Cities of Love franchisee, and is the second movie in the series. The movie sticks to the core foundation of the franchisee and brings together a whole lot of directors and actors to create a string of short movies glued together. The movie features a total of 11 directors with 31 lead actors and actresses. The various short stories are set against New York City and its various moods, offerings, likes, dislikes, characteristics and features. All of the stories are independent of each other and have almost no connection and little overlap. In isolation, each of the stories are to the point, well-made and interesting. Shekhar Kapur's segment which features Shia LeBeouf, sees the actor portray a role with such expertise and finesse, its hard to imagine that this was the same young action hero of Transformers. Brett Ratner's segment has a pleasant and unique twist and Joshua Marston's segment shows an adorable elderly couple who keep quibbling but yet strongly in love. Apart from these handful of good segments, everyone else seemed to offer nothing special. Yes, they were interesting but not inspiring. Some were too short and sweet to the point of being pointless and lame. Mira Nair, Jiang Wen and Shunji Iwai seemed without objective, abrupt, uninspiring and too simple. The fillers used to stick the plots together were not any great either and the videographer supposed to have captured the entire movie seems very far-fetched and something the audience might not capture. Its an interesting attempt with an interesting franchisee, but if all the plots were on the same level or had a common outcome, perhaps on the line of Love Actually, the movie might have been far more interesting.
Thumbs up: Some very great segments and performances
Thumbs down: Seemed haphazardly stuck together