Café Society ★★½

Jesse Eisenberg must have shaped his acting style by watching Woody Allen, as he may be even more exaggerated with his quick stuttering delivery. It's fun to see that character played by a younger person while still being a classic Woody Allen protagonist. If he was allowed to lead the movie this could have been quite enjoyable.

The movie is dragged along by constant narration instead. It wouldn't have to be a bad thing, but it consistently breaks and slows down the flow from scene to scene and doesn't let the show really get started. It's all just a bunch of decent scenes strung together by a tired voice-over by Woody Allen himself. It works in tangential cuts to the parents and brother in New York, but there is no need to slow down the rest of the story.