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, the gardens, museums, cafes, flea markets, parks and cathedrals. The montage goes on for quite a while...No actors...just visuals of this magnificent city....
And then we meet Gil (Owen Wilson) and his finance Inez (Rachel McAdams).
They are in Paris with Inez's uptight Republican/Tea Party parents, Helen (Mimi Kennedy) and John (Kurt Fuller). Helen and John are the 'ugly' in Ugly Americans.
Gil is a Hollywood screenwriter who had aspirations to be a novelist when he was younger. He idolized American writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Gil lived in Paris when he was in his twenties and has a major romantic attachment to the city. It represents a time when his professional life was just beginning.
Now being back here, he's confronted with the road he didn't take..Instead of being a serious novelist, Gil sold out to...Hollywood. He writes bad screenplays and makes major bucks. This makes him very unhappy...However it makes Inez...extremely happy. She likes expensive things...
Gil hasn't completely given up on his dream. He is in the middle of writing a novel which annoys Inez and her family big time. He's constantly encouraging them to go places without him. Gil prefers to take walks in the rain so he can think about his book.
One night Gil is out with Inez and they run into Inez's old friends...Paul (Michael Sheen) a handsome, super pompous, intellectual and his wife Carol (Nina Arianda) Paul is in Paris to lecture at the Sorbonne. Apparently Inez has had a crush on Paul since her college days.
They invite Inez and Gil to go dancing with them. Gil begs off. Inez doesn't. So Paul is left alone to stroll the streets of Paris. He walks for a very long time...gets lost and finally exhausted, sits down on a stone staircase to rest. In the distance a clock strikes 12...It's midnight... A 1920's Roadster pulls up and stops. The car door opens and a couple invite him to a party. He gets into the car...And from this moment on, Gil's life will never be the same...
'Midnight In Paris' addresses many themes....Illusion, love...coming to terms with reality and being happy inside your own skin. It's Woody Allen's most spiritual and hopeful film. There is of course still a hint of darkness...It is after all Woody Allen...but on the whole...
'Midnight in Paris' is a celebration of Paris...It's a celebration of life.
It opens in theaters this Friday, May 20, 2011. Don't miss it. I gave it 5 bagels out of 5...John...gave it 2...He had a much different experience which this movie than I did, which just proves how subjective criticizing a film really is.
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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
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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 … 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
It has been nearly 25 years since I checked out a new Woody Allen film. I was a huge fan of his work in the late 60's and the 1970's but for the most part Woody kinda lost me after that. Several weeks ago a friend called me raving about "Midnight In Paris". He didn't tell me a whole lot about it but assured me that I would love it. I took the day off today and one of the things on my "to do" list was to check out this flick. I went to … more
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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.