Midnight in Paris
A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
I can't help but stay tuned to Woody Allen's films despite many disappointments in the past and feeling a little over his love affair with NY.
I'm glad I stuck with him. I had so much light hearted fun with this, with all of the indulgence, the hideously comical characters (Inez and Paul), Owen Wilson being Owen Wilson, that ridiculously long intro, seeing beloved authors and artists played by actors like Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody. Allen just went for it and so earnestly.
My friend likes to remind me that I giggled my way through this, which is very unlike me but damn did it feel good.
I'm still pretty surprised by the bad reviews of this film, and…
If you’ve been following the critical responses to Woody Allen’s films over the last ten years you will have noticed the ever present phrase, ’a return to form’. Every one of his films of the past decade, at some point, has been proclaimed as the director’s return to form yet this phrase is really a euphemism for, ‘well it’s not as bad as The Curse of the Jade Scorpion’. Because nothing Allen has created in the past ten years could ever, really, be classed as a return to form when his output in the ‘70s and ‘80s was full of genuine masterpieces. Which brings us to Midnight in Paris, his latest so called return to form.
Owen Wilson is a…
It's 3.40 pm in Denmark right now. I wish it were midnight in Paris.
I’m moving to France next year with my partner, so though I don’t typically make space for Romantic Comedy’s in my cinema schedule, I thought I’d make an exception for a typical “foreign couple goes and discovers Paris.
Definitely got more than I bargained for. Because guess what:
It’s about Fu#king time Travel
That’s right, not only do I get points for taking the girlfriend to a movie about Paris. I get to see some time travel.
Ernst Hemingway will blow your mind with manliness.
Bravo!, Fantastic casting with a gorgeous story and terrific background music. Woody Allen creating an excellent film even in his later years of production, I never believed the simplicity of a man loving Paris would be such an enchanting film.
A movie about annoying uppity white people with a bit of time travel. Seriously though I apparently just don't like Woody Allen films because I've now seen 3 and disliked them all.
I realize that Woody Allen and Paris is a combination to drool over, but this movie is indescribable, to be honest. The beauty will knock you out cold, and the philosophies will induce starry-eyed admiration for all that is Parisian. I couldn’t help but lose myself among the endless flow of characters, characters we all admire so much, and their thoughts. Woody deconstructs the perceived ideas about greats such as Hemmingway, Picasso and Dali with absolute grace, and presents them in a light of mystery and intrigue, sometimes pride, but sensible pride, fiery pride, passionate pride. Owen Wilson is fantastic as a person who’s lost in his dream-come-true and Woody, behind the veil of fun and artistry, manages to present us with a collage, encompassing 125 years of Parisian history and evolution, and also, establish with a bang, why Paris shall always remain the Mecca of creativity.
The writing of Woody Allen is something which I often find hard to stomach; perhaps it's due to some deep-seated hatred for his much adored pseudo-intellectual shtick, or maybe I have trouble identifying with the characters, it's hard to pinpoint. However, after much prodding by my girlfriend to watch 'Midnight in Paris', I finally caved, popped a white wine, and settled for another dose of Allen humor.
What struck me immediately is the fresh dynamic stemming from Woody not casting himself as the lead role. It's evident that Allen is hesitant to shoehorn the usual existential nonsense which plagues his characters onto the 'everyman' character portrayed by Wilson. What results is an Allen protagonist which is actually likable! By this…
Bursting with wit and pure entertainment, with some great scenery and atmosphere throughout. It has lost none of the charm on this second viewing.
Liked it. It's more like a play than a movie but I guess that is how Woody Allen rolls. The first few minutes made me want to go back to paris, I liked Owen Wilson's performance. It was a nice exploration of nostalgia and pining for the past.
I'd recommend visiting Paris and reading "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway before watching this movie :)
So, I finally catch up with Midnight In Paris, having managed to stay completely unspoilered (aka ignorant!), to find that it both IS and ISN’T what I expect. As usual you could pick this as a Woody Allen film with no prior warning of his involvement: the focus on psychology and protagonist self-reflection, the swath of neurotic caricatures swanning about, the dialogue all in his unmistakeable idiom. But then, bam, time travel…of sorts…could all be metaphoric and internal…but not. Nice.
Wannabe novelist Gil’s journey through the immediate orbit of his literary heroes, experiencing first hand his own nostalgic ‘golden era’ such as his own novel’s character is searching for is both smartly written and constructed and exudes a warmth of…
Goddamn this is a GREAT film!
Enjoyed every minute of it!
I had seen it before this date, but I also watched it yesterday! So I'm including it in the diary!