New York, I Love You – Film Review

Director: Jiang Wen, Mira Nair, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom

In the style of 2006’s Paris, je t’ aime, New York, I Love You features an ensemble of movie makers and stars, including Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom and Shia LaBeouf. A collective piece of work consisting of eleven short films, New York, I love You takes audiences into all four corners of the Big Apple, from Chinatown to Manhattan, with each individual story tying into the common theme of finding love.

As each story is unveiled, and the simplicity and individual style of direction is played out, this latest episode in the Series of Love franchise allows cinema viewing to move forward with time. With each passing moment interlinked in some way as the film develops, the excitement of not knowing what is about to appear allows the film to smoothly interlink with what has gone before.

Introduced to a fresh set of characters every ten minutes, the variety of multicultural persons, generations, and social upbringing towards the outlook on life in New York City allow audiences to view the world from eyes that we may or may not hold ourselves.

With story-lines ranging from prostitution to ‘that first kiss’ and a married couples life of love, the portrayal of characters from many international stars needs to be praised. Out of their comfort zone, the reality it has touches on real life issues both me and you face in today’s society. There is no need for special effects, crazy costumes or repetitive storylines here. New York, I Love You works perfectly using a movie-making factor many directors have lost, simplicity.  

Filled with a mixture of genres which will make you laugh, captivated and touched, this 2009 romance really is something different. Something that admit or not we will all find ourselves relating too may it be past or present.

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