The first 4 minutes of this film does not have dialogue, just pictures and soundtrack.
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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.
Paris is a city that lends itself to daydreaming, to walking the streets and imagining all sorts of magic, a quality that Woody Allen understands perfectly. Midnight in Paris is Allen's charming reverie about just that quality, with a screenwriter hero named Gil (Owen Wilson) who strolls the lanes of Paris with his head in the clouds and walks right into his own best fantasy. Gil is there with his materialistic fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and her unpleasant parents, taking a break from his financially rewarding but spiritually unfulfilling Hollywood career--and he can't stop thinking that all he wants to do is quit the movies, move to Paris, and write that novel he's been meaning to finish. You know, be like his heroes in the bohemian Paris of the 1920s. Sure enough, a midnight encounter draws him into the jazzy world of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso and Dali, and an intense Ernest Hemingway, who promises to bring Gil's manuscript to Gertrude Stein for review. Gil wakes up every morning back in the real world, but returning to his enchanted Paris proves fairly easy. In the execution of this marvelous fantasia, Allen pursues the idea that people of every generation have always romanticized a previous age as golden (this is in fact explained to us by Michael Sheen's pedantic art expert), but he also honors Gil's need to find out certain truths for himself. The movie's on the side of gentle fantasy, and it has some literary/cinematic in-jokes that call back to the kind of goofy humor Allen created in Love and Death.The film is guilty of the slackness that Allen's latter-day directing has sometimes shown, and the underwritten roles for McAdams and Marion Cotillard are better acted than written. But the city glows with Allen's romantic sense of it, and Owen Wilson has just the right nice-guy melancholy to put the idea over. A worthy entry in the Cinema of the Daydream. --Robert Horton
Loved the idea of being transported to Paris and Gertrude Steins house with all the writers and artists that partied there. The movie certainly transports you there. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Donna Loring
A great movie to watch while in Paris. We are here in Paris, and it was wonderful to see the sites we have seen, and to dream about yesteryear. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Loves Roosters
I have seen it four times. Great for the Francophile. One of Woody's best.Published 9 days ago by Linda Landsburg
Sharp, charming romantic comedy. Owen Wilson nailed it as the wide-eyed, befuddled innocent.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful show if you're conversant with writers. Beautifully filmed!Published 13 days ago by PJ Rellaw
What a great movie -to reintroduction some of history's greats! Watched more than once!Published 14 days ago by Marie