Monday, June 13, 2011

Midnight in Paris

This weekend, my husband and I went to see Woody Allen’s newest film, Midnight in Paris. It is absolutely delightful and is one of my favorite movies of the year. The film is charming and clever, with performances that are pitch-perfect.

First and foremost, I love Woody Allen. His sense of humor and writing are nothing short of brilliant. I know he is the type of comedic writer that people either love or hate and I fall into the former category. I can’t help but love the quirks, idiosyncrasies and layers that he gives his characters. They are all flawed in some way, making them completely relatable.

I also love that Allen frequently treats the settings of his stories as characters themselves. There’s New York in Annie Hall and Manhattan, London in Match Point, more recently, Barcelona in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and now the majestic “city of lights” in Midnight in Paris. I don’t want to give away too much. Basically, the film is about Gil, played by Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who wants to leave the superficiality of that world behind and dreams of nothing more than writing a novel in Paris. His fiancée, Inez, played by Rachel McAdams would prefer to live in Malibu, finds Gil to be boring, and thinks Paris is “corny”. They’re not exactly a match made in heaven. What happens when Gil goes for a stroll at midnight on his own one night is nothing short of magical. I’ll say this much—this film features so much of what I love: a beautiful city, in this case Paris, a bit of the past, some incredible artists and writers, mixed with Woody Allen’s brilliant comedic timing.

While the trailer is good, it only begins to hint at the magic that unfolds in this beautiful film. If you’re a fan of Woody Allen, Paris, and the great artists and writers of the twentieth century, I highly suggest that you see Midnight in Paris.



{Images Courtesy of Sony Classics}

16 comments:

Liz said...

oh my gosh, TOTALLY agree! I LOVED this movie! It was unexpected, magical, and had a great message behind it!

Kehceub said...

Wow i will certainly watch this movie.. whenever it comes to Denmark..

Ria Burgess said...

Midnight in Paris was great! I was also thinking about posting it on my blog. You describe it just right. I love how Woody pulls his audience into the magic, Owen Wilson's character didn't waste any time asking himself why... just rolls with it. Some really funny bits in this movie

alessandra said...

I absolutely LOVEEED this movie. It has so much charm and the acting was outstanding. it made me want to shut down my computer, take out some brushes and paint...love how it emphasized the need to live in the moment and appreciate what you have!

Smitten Design said...

I can't wait to see this- thanks for highlighting it. I was wondering what movies there are to look forward to this summer and this is the answer.

Something Old, Something New said...

I can't wait to see this! Glad to hear that it was good!

Yelena Starikova said...

Wow! You have described it very well! Now I really want to see that movie!

Yelena,
Xoxo

AllGlamThings

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

Yay! Glad to hear a positive review from you. I saw the trailer and can't wait to watch it!

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Anonymous said...

Can't stand Woody Allen. Would never see any of his movies! He married his stepdaughter, wake up people!

Leighton said...

This was on my list simply because Rachel McAdams (love her!) is in it, but after this post, I'm genuinely interested! Thanks!

erika @ small shop said...

Oooh, I will have to see when on OnDemand! Can't get out much to the movies these days, and I am not as lucky as you to have a husband that would take me to see it! Looks absolutely lovely.

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

I am going to see it today...just the push I needed form you and your followers. Not much else worth getting crazy about it seems. Thanks for the tip.

Adam Japko said...

This was such a pleasant surprise..simply one of the finest flicks I have seen in more than a year....just fun, smart, whimsical, and totally entertaining. What a great mind....and Owen Wilson showed a side of himself we never saw before on screen....and how much does he sound like a young Woody Allen? The whole voice and syncopation thing....

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember that he was sleeping with a child who was essentially his daughter. Hate to be so negative, but this man is perceived as a brilliant artist, while being a sexual deviant

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

i am dying to see this movie!
if i can just get out of the house for one second.