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. She also seems to have real interest in a guy from the art museum. Wilson wants to work on his novel.
He takes McAdams to a deserted area of Paris one night to see something really crazy and exciting. Nothing happens and McAdams says she is bored and leaves him. Just before midnight a carriage arrives and Wilson gets inside. He rides in the carriage with Ernest Hemmingway. They talk and go to an apartment with Gertrude Stein and Salvador Dali. Wilson asks Stein to look at his novel and give feedback which she takes. One person he seems very interested is Adrianna, who is a girlfriend of Dali.
While I was watching I thought that Wilson was visiting something like Williamsburg, VA where actors dress up like famous historical figures and entertain. As the movie progressed and Wilson kept making his midnight rendevous with the historical figures, I realized he was actually being transported to the 1920's Paris.
Wilson and McAdams keep drifting apart and Wilson seems to be most interested in Adrianna. Wilson starts to thinking he wants to stay in the 1920's but Adrianna has her own fantasy time that she is drawn to. It is only later on that Wilson fully understands what he really wants and a hint of that is presented at the end.
Being really into classic literature, I loved this film and enjoyed several of my favorite authors appearing. Woody Allen seems to continue to crank out quality films, especially the ones where he does not appear. I highly recommend this film.
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
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
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
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.