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 an 11:15 A.M. screening this morning and although there only about 10 people in the theater I wanted to stand up and cheer when they rolled the credits. For me "Midnight In Paris" was a sheer delight. In fact, this is a film that I would definitely like to see again.
"Midnight In Paris" stars Owen Wilson as aspiring novelist Gil Pender and Rachel McAdams as his lovely fiancee Inez. The couple are visiting "The CIty of Light" with Inez's parents. Gil and Inez seem very much in love as the film opens but cracks quickly begin to develop in the relationship. Gil is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who has simply become bored with his work and dreams of living and working in Paris the way the great artists and writers of the 1920's did. Inez has other ideas. She longs for the glamorous life in Malibu with all of the amenities. Inez is definitely going to be high maintenance. Gil feels at one with this place and wants to explore the streets of the city and savor the essence of Paris. Inez prefers to go off with friends and take in the art galleries and museums. They are slowly drifting apart. Gil's life would forever change one evening when at the stroke of midnight a limo pulls up alongside him and the occupants invite him to join them. Suddenly and remarkably Gil finds himself smack dab in the middle of the 1920's Paris he has always read and dreamed of. Furthermore he has the opportunity to meet and greet several of the legendary figures who were living in Paris at that time. That list would include writers Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T.S. Eliot, the legendary songwriter Cole Porter along with jazz great Josephine Baker and a group of artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Paul Gauguin. Gil desperately wants to show Inez what he has been experiencing but only he is allowed to enter into this bizarre netherworld. During his travels Gil also meets a ravishing young lady named Adriana (Marion Cotillard) with whom he has much in common. Here finally is a place where he feels fulfilled. Meanwhile, as you might expect all of these improbable events do not bode well for the future of Gil and Inez's relationship.
I simply cannot overstate how much I enjoyed "Midnight In Paris". The views of Paris both during the day and at night was nothing short of stunning. The photography alone is worth the price of admission. And in the finest tradition of Woody Allen films the music was also tremendous.There are a whole host of great selections from that era. The acting was superb and the writing top drawer. Woody Allen has outdone himself this time. "Midnight In Paris" is one of those rare films that can be enjoyed by teens and seniors and everyone in between. Very highly recommended!
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
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
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … 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.