Midnight in Paris

Posted on June 12, 2011

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Woody Allen has done some good movies and some really bad ones. This, I think, is his best ever. The first couple of minutes are just beautiful shots of Paris with cool music. Owen Wilson is Gill who’s visiting Paris with his fiancée Inez (a blonde Rachel McAdams) and her parents. He’s a successful screenwriter but really wants to write novels and live in Gay Paree. It’s immediately apparent he and Inez aren’t exactly made for each other. While out walking one night, he slides into the 1920s and meets up with the Fitzgeralds – Scott and Zelda, Hemingway, Salvadore Dali, Picasso, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein, just a plethora of literary and artistic folks. This is his dream come true, living in the Golden Age so each night he returns to this romantic happy time.

As his engagement falls apart, he’s falling in love with Adrienna (Marion Cotillard) who wants to live in the Golden Age of the 1890’s. But is living in the past really the way to go? Maybe now is the best time. This is not the usual Allen depressing stuff – several laugh out loud scenes. Nice performances by all – Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni (yes, she’s the one married to the French president) and a couple others.

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