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Review: Midnight in Paris

Posted December 25, 2011 by Max in Review

Midnight to Paris is an ode to the beauty of Paris.

Midnight in Paris follows Gil (Owen Wilson), a successful script writer, but a struggling novelist. He is in Paris with his fiancé Inez (Rachael McAdams) planning their future together. Inez wants to move back to the US and Malibu, while Gil is enchanted by the beauty of Paris and would give anything to stay. During a meal with his future parents in law, Gil and Inez meet up with Inez’s friends Paul (Michael Sheen) and Carol (Nina Arianda).

One evening Gil decides to head back to the hotel by himself after a long night of drinking. While trying to gain some stability he plops himself down on a stoop. When the clock strikes midnight, a car drives up inviting Gil in for a ride. What Gil doesn’t know yet, is that the cab is transporting him to his Golden Age of Paris, the 1920’s.

There is a whimsical and enchanting feeling in Midnight in Paris. The journey Gil takes into the 20’s is incredibly enjoyable as he meets timeless writers and painters from arguably Paris’s greatest time period. A lot of the wonder from the Midnight in Paris is about who Gil is going to meet next and where will he go. The sets and costumes on display show great care in recreating the period.

During his travels in the past, Gil meets a beautiful young woman by the name of Adriana (Marion Cotillard). She shares Gil’s love of Paris and this is exactly where Gil wants to be. Every stroke of midnight in the current age Gil is trying to win the heart of Adriana in the 20’s.

During his travels in current day Paris, Gil becomes acquainted with two lovely women who he’d be better off with instead of his fiancé. One of women help him discover he has changed the past with his relationship with Adriana and he may have a chance with Adriana. The other, a woman by the name Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux), shares his love of Cole Porter and loves the subtleties of Paris and all that it has to offer.

Midnight in Paris is one of Woody Allen‘s finest pictures in years. Where some of his pictures seem to meander, this one is full of wonder. If you weren’t in love with Paris before, Midnight in Paris will ignite that passion.

4 Stars / 5


Midnight in Paris
Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates

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