Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody.
Genre: Comedy – Fantasy – Romance
In Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen tells us the story of an American writer in love with the Paris of the twenties, who when visiting the city with his girlfriend, happens to live an unusual and unforgettable experience. Believe me, there is much more to describe than just that, but I’ll say no more about the plot, and I’ll tell you why. One of the most beautiful things about Midnight in Paris is discovering its magic on your own. I had no idea what the movie was about until I saw it, and when I figured it out I couldn’t help wear a big smile on my face. I was marvelled, and I wouldn’t take that pleasure away from you for anything in the world.
Now, very careful not to give away any spoilers, I’ll tell you why I loved Midnight in Paris. To begin with, I think the actors and actresses were very well cast. I’ve never really liked Owen Wilson, but this role suits him perfectly, and I can’t think of anyone else doing it better. Rachel McAdams manages to be as annoying as required, and she still makes her character believable (you can find people like her in real life, actually). Marion Cotillard is charming, sexy and classy all at the same time. Impossible not to feel attracted by her. And then, there are all the other actors who don’t have so much screen time, but make every second worth. Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody (who is by the way, hi-la-rious!) and so on.
Among the effects the movie may probably have on you, is an almost uncontrollable urge to buy flight tickets and go to Paris as soon as possible. The credit is probably more of the city itself than of the film’s photography, but one way or the other, I want to travel there so badly now.
The beautiful soundtrack, which includes oldies originals and covers as well as pieces from contemporary musicians, really helps setting the atmosphere. It’s a perfect combination to relax during a weekend and be transported back in time. I especially like the theme song (I even watched the credits just to listen to it), and it reminds me of the one in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
There are several references to writers and other artists from the twenties in this movie: Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, Dalí, to name a few. The literature references is one of the main reasons why I loved the film. It makes me want to read more about these authors and get to know them better.
So what is left to say? A lot, I assure you, but I would risk spoiling you the movie, and that I don’t want. If you trust me, go see it. It is a beautiful, magical piece of art. ☆
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– Written by GuadiRC –