Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris opens with a series of familiar shots of the French capital and Woody Allen’s love letter to the city begins. We are soon introduced to Gil (Wilson) and his fiancé Inez (McAdams) they are tagging along on her parents business trip, Gil is a Hollywood scriptwriter who dreams of a career as a novelist and is totally in love the city and thinks they should move there when they are married but Inez has other ideas. Drunk one night Gil decides to walk the streets of his beloved Paris and gets lost only to find himself, on the stroke of midnight, being transported to Paris in its 1920s heyday. It’s here in this alternate reality that Gil will meet so many of the people he admires from Fitzgerald to Picasso, Dali to Hemingway, he will even get the first draught of his book read by Gertrude Stein but it is also the place that will cause him to question everything he currently feels about the present. It’s typical Allen fair with Wilson doing his best Woody impression, the supporting cast are all great (particularly Brody as Dali), the music and the city intertwine as we journey through cobbled backstreets to various cafes and bars. With a slight resemblance to nineties programme ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ in which a man carries on two romances, one in the present day with his wife and one during the war with his mistress, Gil moves between his real life and the crassness of his family to be and the romantic ideals of a bygone golden age. It feels like Allen here is having the most fun, the script probably his best for years, allowing him to be funny and at the same time show off his knowledge of music, art and literature with clever references to famous works. While serving as a romantic comedy it also has the serious message of not taking the present for granted, because yes fabulous works have been created in the past but they are also being created now and in years to come people will look back to now with the same fondness and I hope that is how people will see this film because it’s a brilliant and funny return to form.  

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One Response to Midnight in Paris

  1. loganburd says:

    I can’t wait to see the film when it arrives on DVD. I have a movie review blog of my own, check it out and subscribe!

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