Oct 25

Film review – Midnight in Paris (2011)

Film review – Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Carla Bruni, Yves Heck, Alison Pill, Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Sonia Rolland, Daniel Lundh, Kathy Bates, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Emmanuelle Uzan, Adrien Brody, Tom Cordier, Adrien de Van, Gad Elmaleh, David Lowe, Yves-Antoine Spoto, Laurent Claret, Vincent Menjou Cortes, Olivier Rabourdin, François Rostain

Directed by: Woody Allen

Review: Film review – Midnight in Paris (2011) – This is a classic Woody Allen movie, a careful balance of intellect and humour. A very beautiful fantasy in which it is possible to meet and engage with all your heroes if pre war Parisian creatives are your meat and drink. To some extent this is a clever movie for clever people and the cleverer you are the funnier it’ll be for you. There’s no getting around it an education will help.

The plot forms around a couple who are taking a holiday in Paris with relatives. Owen Wilson takes the lead role as the boyfriend, Rachel McAdams plays his fiance. Wilson is a reluctant Hollywood script writer who has always wanted to be a ‘real’ writer. McAdams is his somewhat dominant girlfriend who’s main interest is ensuring he stays on the straight and narrow. One night while McAdams goes dancing with some friends Wilson takes a walk through Paris. As a clock strikes midnight a car pulls up and he is transported to Paris in the 1920’s. Immediately thrown into the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Luis Bunuel, Man Ray, Gertrude Stein and many more, he has the chance to see the world as they did and loves every minute of it.

Its a beautiful fantasy and who wouldn’t want to meet their heroes this way. Allen uses some nice comedy and a little drama to tell a gentle story of modern angst. He has cleverly realised he is too old to play the lead in this type of film and has found an excellent stand in for himself in Wilson who has a wonderful sense of comedy timing. Its also a beautiful way to see Paris so if you haven’t been before you could do worse than use this as a guide. Well worth the entrance fee, I recommend it. My only criticism is that it ends too soon.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_in_Paris

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/

Amazon: Buy it