Saturday, August 18, 2012
"2 Days in New York" - Julie Delpy (2012)
Julie Delpy channels Woody Allen with "2 Days in New York and she does it quite well.
She also draws from filmmakers like Eric Rohmer.
But it would be misleading to say "2 Days in New York" is derivative.
The film is her follow up to her 2007 film, "2 Days in Paris."
The film follows Marion, played by Delpy and her boyfriend, Mingus, played by Chris Rock.
Rock gives an admirably understated performance as Mingus, who serves as Marion's confidant before becoming her lover.
Marion falls for Mingus shortly after her marriage disintegrates and, unlike her romance in "2 Days in Paris," we can actually see the attraction here.
Mingus is supportive and loving without the condescension we've seen from Marion's past lovers.
The story involves Marion's eccentric family who comes to visit from Paris and how they interact with Mingus, a decided pragmatist.
"2 Days in New York" is a character-driven comedy and the people we're asked to spend 90 minutes with are interesting and funny.
The film works on every level and although it's slight, is has more insight into relationships than most romantic comedies and it's easily one of the best films of the year.