Midnight in Paris
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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
The first 4 minutes of this film does not have dialogue, just pictures and soundtrack.
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The film is about a writer who feels he was born in the wrong era. While in Paris with his fiancee, they run into her obnoxious rich friends. The writer can't get along with them because they're unbearably pretentious, so he makes an excuse to wander off on his own. He comes upon a certain street where, at midnight each night, a carriage takes passengers back in time. When he realizes what's happening, and that all the colorful characters he's meeting are his literary heroes, he schedules more and more meetings with them, even getting their input on his current manuscript. He even falls in love with a woman from the era, and his lies in the present begin to compound and confuse his modern life.
The movie is fantastic but in a way that seems believable, and you never know what's going to happen next. The ending wasn't what I expected, but it wrapped up with a very satisfying conclusion. I think this is a film I could watch again and again.
So, when I first went to see "Midnight In Paris", I went with average expectations. Boy, was I wrong!
This film is a rarity in today's cinema. It has everything one can hope for: beautiful cinematography, inspired performances by all actors, and above all - a wonderful story. Young couple goes to Paris, and fun stuff happens... (it helps if you are the type who knows a little bit of Paris and its history, film, literature and so on). I will not disclose what happens, because you have to see it for yourself. From wonderful dialogues to hilarious scenes, it is a film-lovers feast, especially if you pay attention to detail. A feel-good film that will leave you asking for more. And all that with no explosions, blood or even sex scenes.