50: Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris – June 10, 2011
Starring: Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen
Written and directed by: Woody Allen

The plot: “Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he’s about to marry.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Loved it, loved it, loved it. Midnight in Paris was the perfect blend of comedy, romance, and fantasy. Honestly, I was grinning like a moron for a large majority of the movie which is always a good sign to me.

Michael Sheen, despite not having a huge role, gave a really memorable performance as the “pedantic” (yep, he was referred to like that in the movie and it’s true) Paul who just knew everything about everything and wouldn’t shut up. He was so miserable and annoying I couldn’t help but enjoy it. And poor Rachel McAdams who typically plays the most lovable characters was kind of horrid in this movie. I mean McAdams was great, her character Inez was not so great.

I’m not the biggest fan of Owen Wilson (though I can’t deny how great he is in Wes Anderson‘s movies), but he surprised me with this one. He played the lost, idealist, and romantic writer really well. He was equal parts charming and funny and despite his nose, I felt a little attracted to him in this one. The best part of his character, Gil, was how much he geeked out whenever he met one of his idols.

Woody Allen, as usual, wrote a script that felt so honest and real. He has such a knack for writing characters who express things that audience members have felt in such clever ways. Gil Pender, his main character, is such a likable guy that you can’t help but hope he figures it all out and comes out on top at the end.

And of course the quick appearances by some pretty big names was a total delight – namely Tom Hiddleston, Adrien Brody, and Alison Pill, I was loving it. Anyone interested in the 20s, particularly those interested in some kind of art form from that time, be it literature, art, or film, will probably like this. It’s so smart and humorous and the movie has heart.

Even the end, which is a bit cheesy and predictable, was done so well that I can’t even see it as a negative. It all worked so well and the acting was great. It seems I have a new movie-crush and it’s Midnight in Paris. Ah, je t’aime.

Stars: 5/5

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