Berlin, I Love You is the latest Cities of Love film. After this one, I’m not sure if we’re going to get another one of these movies. This film suffers from a lack of A-List directors contributing to the stories. But, the harsh split between the two talent involved creates tales that go into opposite tangents.
Half of the film is about finding love and the other half is about dealing with the harsh realities of life. Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren get lighter stories, while Jim Sturgess is suicidal. Your neck will hurt from the whiplash of bouncing between all of these tonal shifts. The film stretches to reach 2 hours and honestly 3-4 of the tales could’ve been cut.
I still love the anthology format, but these movies have to earn it. Judging by the audience response to this one, I don’t think we’ll being seeing a Cities of Love story about Baltimore, Sun City or wherever the film series could have traveled next. That being said, I still think the short segment about the guy falling in love with his car could’ve been something. Oh well, here is to missed opportunities.