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
- 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”
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