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Midnight in Paris

A 2011 movie directed by Woody Allen.

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"You're in love with a fantasy."

  • Jan 13, 2012
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+3

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.

If you love Woody Allen, you'll enjoy this movie. Wilson plays the typically introspective, dissatisfied, stammering, good-hearted dreamer that Woody used to play (but with much less success). Wilson just doesn't have the power and charisma needed to pull off the role. He's boring and I never cared about him or Rachel McAdams, who plays his fiancée. She's really annoying and unremarkable in every way. Marion Cotillard, on the other hand, is utterly charming as Gil's 1920's love interest and Cathy Bates is fun to watch as Gertrude Stein.

The City of Lights never looked lovelier, with nearly every scene saturated in golden light, befitting Gil's dreamland. The period costumes are lovely and several scenes featuring famous people from the past are enjoyable (although the fun wears off quickly). Writer/director Allen's script is silly, predictable, shallow, and dull. I couldn't relate to any of the characters; it was like visiting a wax museum with mannequins that are pretty on the surface only. 2.5 stars.

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January 19, 2012
Thanks for the review. I've been interested in this one.
January 20, 2012
My pleasure. I'll be looking for your review.
February 04, 2012
 
January 13, 2012
I had heard good things of this and love the time period of the 20s but, somehow, the pairing of Owen Wilson and Woody Allen halted me from running out and getting it right away. I had only really heard of it a couple of weeks ago and I've been out of the country but, still, something is keeping me waiting until this is on cable. Thanks for letting me know I may be right!
January 14, 2012
Well, it seems most people love it, I'm just not enamored with Wilson and McAdams. I can picture it being much better with a British cast.
January 15, 2012
Well, Brits tend to be more serious actors and they're training is predominantly in the theatre; whereas, in Hollywood, it's not the case. You will be hard pressed to find Hollywood actors that are theatrically trained and there's a lot to be said for that. So, I have no doubt that it would've been better with a Brit cast.
 
January 13, 2012
A lot of folks told me how awesome this was. Thanks for tempering my expectations. Happy New year, Kona!
January 14, 2012
You may very well love it. Most people do, it seems.
 
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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.
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Director: Woody Allen
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 11 May 2011 (France)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Woody Allen
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: Mediapro
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