Thursday, December 22, 2011

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen has always brought out the magic in his movies, especially with The Purple Rose of Cairo. In recent years, some of his entries lacked that magic. His newest movie Midnight in Paris brought the magic back and then some.

The first four minutes of Midnight in Paris shows shot of the City of Lights, which is reminiscent of the opening moments of Manhattan. You have to admire Allen for paying homage to his own work. Only he can display the glamour of a city without overdoing it.

Our protagonist Gil is played by Owen Wilson, who I considered one of two actors that perfectly captures the Woody Allen persona apart from Allen himself. (The other actor is John Cusack in Bullets Over Broadway.) Gil is clearly unsatisfied with how his life is going. He's constantly around people that you yourself wouldn't want to be stuck with at a party, including his fiancee. (They're at that stage that makes you wonder what made them fall in love in the first place.)

But then at midnight, Gil finds himself transported to his ideal location: Paris in the 1920's. Over several nights, he encounters prolific names of the lost generation. (Of the people Gil meets, my favorites were Corey Stoll's Ernest Hemingway and Adrien Brody's Salvador Dali.)

Much like The Purple Rose of Cairo, Midnight in Paris masterfully blends fantasy and reality. Almost immediately, I was swept up in the tale Allen had crafted. If you haven't seen one of this year's best...well, why haven't you?

My Rating: *****


  1. I absolutely adored this movie. Everything about it was just so great, especially all of the people that Gil meets. Stoll and Brody were my favourites, too, but I have a soft spot for Hiddleston and Pill. I can't wait to see this movie again!

  2. I loved this. It was like a dream, this film. It really is the year's best for me.

  3. I would not put Owen and Woody Allen together in my head until this movie. I've heard only good things, and you proved it. I've gotta check this one out!

  4. How awesome would it be if Brody got an form of awards recognition for his brief performance here? I thought that, in just one short scene, he stole the entire film. Well, he and Marion.


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