Midnight in Paris crosses lands of opportunity and delusion in real life. It symbolizes the sane journey of one dreamer to fulfill his personal goals. Woody Allen's new film is also a mash-up between Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the baroque epoque if I could say that. Allen loves to describe cities as people and loves to deliver that suitable atmosphere. He throws a goofy writer, a stuck-up snob, a modern spoiled woman, a classy "femme", and a whole diary of artsy figures into the mix to help us connect with the character and to understand the morale of his film.
The story surrounds this engaged couple formed by Gil (Owen Wilson), a melancholic screenwriter who's desire is to write a novel, and Inez (Rachel McAdams), a modern spoiled non-conservative woman who rejects the simplest things in their most complicated form, like taking a taxi instead of walking in the rain. While visiting Paris, they find departure from their reality and they succ*mb to Paris's temptations. For her, that is the tenacious day and extravagant night spent with a smooth and eloquent but snobbish Paul (Michael Sheen), who defies the normal social gravity. For him it's a surreal artsy world filled with images of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali or Bunuel. In this night world he finds inspiration for his book but also for his life thanks to the wonderful classy "femme" Adriana (Marion Cotillard) who takes him into a journey into the unknown. Of course Midnight in Paris, as any other Woody Allen movie, follows the same scheme but this time the composition is different, the characters are more interesting and the world that they inhabit is both real and surreal at the same time. "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" sucked so much last year I felt I was actually at a Cheese Festival instead of seeing a movie in the theater. However this year is a payback. This is a film dedicated to all who traveled through life and dared to get out in the real world and taste all the new food and take the forbidden routes to reach their destination.
The acting is very balanced, constant and consp*cuous. Owen Wilson does a pretty good job being a dreamer, a goofy writer that is in love with Paris. Rachel McAdams is annoying at times, but all with a purpose, therefore the purpose is fulfilled, and Michael Sheen delivers a memorable performance, even if short, of a total narcissist. The rest of the cast including Marion Cotillard or Adrien Brody add the salt and the piper to the acting formula. The development of their characters is terrific, Woody nailing a great script and sometimes I tend to even go as far as saying that he is really under the radar. It takes something to come up with a movie each year of the same genre and constantly creating. Yes, there might be some failures but the successes are overwhelmingly better and so memorable that you cannot hold to wait for this guy's next movie because they all bring something somehow new to the table.
Midnight in Paris has great photography. A lot of beautiful shots in both day light and night. The editing isn't choppy at all and the romantic mood is set by the wonderful palette of songs chosen to represent Paris's personality. The one thing that bothers me though in this film is probably the ending. It feels a little bit rushed and too simple considering the detailed story and characters but maybe I'm missing something. Overall, Midnight in Paris is a collection of smart, pleasant and entertaining methods of conquering the audience.
Not being an Owen Wilson fan, despising most of his roles with the exception of Wedding Crashers, I had no intention of seeing this film. It caught my attention while I was flipping channels on one of my movie stations (I think it was on Starz). Wilson is engaged to Rachel McAdams (hey this was the pairing in Wedding Crashers) and they go to Paris with McAdams' parents. McAdams seems to be only interested in shopping for expensive jewelry and putting down Wilson's taste in the finer things of life. … more
We've all had those romantic fantasies: Travel back in time to whatever period suits your fancy, hang out with all the dead bigwhigs we learned about in history class, and bask in the eclecticism and excitement of one of history's greatest eras. But rarely is it that those little fantasies take into consideration what the golden gods of the eras we dream about think of them. Over the last few years, it appears the indie film legend Woody Allen has been presenting filmgoers … more
**** out of **** While watching "Midnight in Paris", I was confronted by a simple question, and that was: why can't more people make movies completely devoid of villains - with the substitution of smaller, less conflicting problems? Woody Allen is the writer and director of this film; and there's a general sense that he must have asked himself the same questions when he approached the script. Here is a film with a complete disregard for who is good and who is bad; there are … more
Midnight In Paris is one of my favorite movies I have seen so far this year. Its more than a love story about people, its a love story written to the city of Paris. The fantasy story about a writing meeting his historical heroes in the city of Paris, is witty, intelligent, and one that I would want to see again. I will be waiting in line for the DVD release. Owen Wilson is the Woody Allen persona. Woody has not always been successful in finding other actors to give his voice … more
Owen Wilson stars as Gil, a burned-out Hollywood script writer who's visiting Paris with his fiancée. The couple have very different opinions of Paris and of life in general; she hates the city and wants to hurry back to her Beverly Hills life while he adores Paris and wishes he had lived there in the 1920s. One night, at midnight, Gil's fantasy comes true as he is magically transported to the glittering world of Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Picasso, and Gertrude Stein. … more
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Written and Directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Michael Sheen Inez: The studios adore you; you’re in demand. Do you really want to give it all up just to struggle? Every time I review a Woody Allen movie, it seems I address the same issues time and time again. This is likely because Allen always chooses to tackle the same themes – class, … more
I know critics are supposed to be objective (if that's even possible) but in the case of Woody Allen's new film, 'Midnight In Paris' it's going to be really hard. I thought it was one of the most beautiful, original, magical and romantic films I've seen in a very long time. It completely grabbed my heart. The film opens with images of Paris...beautiful, moving images. The lights of the city, the empty streets, … more
Star Rating: There is, I’m certain, inherent in most people a nostalgia for a time and a culture they were never a part of. The reason is that they feel somehow disconnected or ill at ease with the present; they don’t like today’s music, or today’s painters, or today’s writers, or today’s movies. Because they believe everything was done better in the past, it becomes the standard for which all new things are measured. Woody … more
Midnight in Paris is a 2011 romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in May 2011. Produced by Spanish group Mediapro and Allen's Gravier Productions, the film stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, and Adrien Brody.