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A Midnight Worth Staying Up For!

September 7, 2011

Writer and Director Woody Allen absolutely enthralls and delights in his most recent work entitled Midnight in Paris.

Starring several stars (including, but not limited to: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Alison Pill, and more!), Woody Allen quite ingeniously tells a classy story that deals with the classic human ideology that claims “the grass is always greener!” But is it truly?

Here’s the synopsis taken straight from the film’s official website:

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni among others.

This well-received movie that critics world-wide continually praise also impressed me. Having seen a few Woody Allen films in the past (mainly due to my love of Scarlett Johansson!) I knew to expect a few things from this film:

  • 1-usage of several big name actors
  • 2-beautiful use of great scenery/location
  • 3-witty dialogue
  • 4-eccentricity
  • 5-lighthearted comedy mixed with philosophical debates and ponderings.

…I was right! 🙂 What I did not expect was to enjoy this film as much as I did. With certain aspects that mirror similarities to films such as Brigadoon, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and, dare I say, Click, I completely understand how Midnight in Paris is now Woody Allen’s highest grossing movie ever!

Midnight in Paris, being one of Owen Wilson’s greatest performances ever, is a great nostalgic tribute to great artists of historical importance such as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Salvador Dali, and more. It easily joins the ranks as one of the top movies of Summer 2011! Wilson’s interactions with the rest of the cast does nothing short of amaze with believability, enjoyable verbosity, and unexpected delightful twists. Rachel McAdams portrays her character’s annoyance perfectly, Marion Cotillard seduces the viewer with her exceptional acting, Tom Hiddleston (Thor’s Loki) surprised me…the entire casting: superb! When you see who is playing who, you will undoubtedly agree!

Midnight in Paris blends a few different stories together and brilliantly weaves them throughout the entire film allowing for a multi-layered, yet simple plot that does not disappoint. From the lost writer seeking his way and inspiration, to the less than compatible couple working through their differences, to the influences having their say, to the less-than concerned fiance, to “the other woman,” to the plight of decisions to be made, to the intriguing and addicting mystery discovery made by the main character…all of it is neatly arranged in a beautiful Parisian puzzle!

I, along with countless other viewers, found Midnight in Paris to be a wonderful cinematic pleasure! Read Roger Ebert’s final thoughts from his review of the film:

This is Woody Allen’s 41st film. He writes his films himself, and directs them with wit and grace. I consider him a treasure of the cinema. Some people take him for granted, although “Midnight in Paris” reportedly charmed even the jaded veterans of the Cannes press screenings. There is nothing to dislike about it. Either you connect with it or not. I’m wearying of movies that are for “everybody” — which means, nobody in particular. “Midnight in Paris” is for me, in particular, and that’s just fine with moi.

Needless to say, I highly recommend it! Tired of only being able to choose from the same type of hum-drum in theaters lately? Like the ones Ebert mentioned that are for “everybody”? You know, the ones with all of the explosions, super secret agents, fast cars, deafening music, superheroes, animated cartoons, 3D, and so on and so forth (To quote Seinfeld- “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!”). Then, take the time to slow down and enjoy Paris for a little while! It’s usually best right at the stroke of midnight…and when it rains!

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars for “Midnight in Paris

up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2011 3:33 pm

    Wow, you’ve been so prolific dude, I haven’t even got a chance to review The Debt yet. Glad to hear you love this one, I am definitely planning to see this, hopefully I can catch it at the theater but with the way my schedule’s been going I probably have to wait for the dvd.

    I’m generally not a fan of Owen Wilson but I’m willing to give this ago. Plus there’s Tom Hiddleston whom I LOVE as Loki, and Marion Cottilard is so lovely.

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    • September 7, 2011 9:46 pm

      You are officially the last one who hasn’t seen Midnight in Paris! boo.

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      • September 7, 2011 11:44 pm

        😀

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      • September 8, 2011 11:40 am

        Ahah, that is totally ok. I will see it eventually.

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    • September 7, 2011 11:45 pm

      Thank you my friend! I’ve been fortunate to be able to do these reviews (at the cost of sleep, but that’s overrated anyways!) 🙂

      Owen Wilson was great in this one. I do hope you get to see it very soon!

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  2. September 7, 2011 9:48 pm

    Glad you loved this T. Nothing like a little stroll in Paris (and maybe with a little rain ;)) at Midnight to leave you with a big smile on your face.

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    • September 7, 2011 11:44 pm

      indeed! I thoroughly enjoyed this film!

      Thanks for reading!

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  3. September 8, 2011 12:42 am

    Nice to see that you’ve seen it, I loved it as well and am sure that it will end up high in my top 10 movies I saw this year. Completely agree with your thoughts on it. Wilson was excellent!

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    • September 8, 2011 7:51 am

      I’m so glad that you like it too! did you write a review for it also? I will have to look and see!

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      • September 8, 2011 7:57 am

        Yeah, you can find it here:
        http://myfilmviews.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/midnight-in-paris-2011/

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      • September 8, 2011 8:01 am

        thank you! I shall. I must head to work now, but will read it afterwords! I can’t wait!

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  4. September 8, 2011 3:21 am

    I WANT TO SEE THIS FILM!!!

    Again as I haven’t seen it yet, and I really want to I have’t read the review…but I just wanted to say HI!!

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    • September 8, 2011 7:23 am

      thank you for popping in to say hi! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this one once you do see it!

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    • September 8, 2011 11:41 am

      See, I’m not the only who hasn’t seen it 😉

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      • September 9, 2011 8:28 am

        Hurry Ruth! 😉

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  5. September 9, 2011 9:34 pm

    It’s a pleasant time enough. I think some of the comedy can get lost with the rapid fire one-liners and obviously, humor is always so subjective. Good review!

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    • September 9, 2011 10:51 pm

      True story. Some of the one-liners will go over the heads of many, including myself, that may not be familiar with the author/artist mentioned! I thoroughly enjoyed it though! Glad you did too! thanks!

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  6. October 11, 2011 4:03 pm

    Excellent review! I really want to see this but it isn’t playing nearby. I might have to wait until home video or travel further afield.

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    • October 12, 2011 7:22 am

      Thanks Dan! I hope you do get to see it soon. I’ll be waiting to hear your thoughts on it!

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