Excerpt: Woody Allen is one of those directors that actors must feel somewhat obligated to say “Yes” to when he offers them a role. And why not, he’s Woody Allen ! Admittedly I’m somewhat of a fair-weathered fan of Allen and haven’t even seen all of his films. Sure I’ve seen his gems like “Annie Hall”, “Manhattan” and “Hannah and Her Sisters” but not much else. However in recent years Allen has left the Upper West Side and has ventured out to this glorious world of ours.
Conclusion: As soon as I finished viewing 'Midnight in Paris,' I wanted to view it again. Yes, it does move a little slowly in the second act, but that's when some of the best reveals are found, so it's well worth it. This film has imagination, heart, and brains galore, and is really a touching story, where you can find yourself pulling for the characters on their twisted, bizarre journeys.
Excerpt: It doesn�t take more than a few minutes for Woody Allen to set out the rather simple premise for Midnight in Paris . Opening with a three-minute romanticised sequence of picture-postcard shots of Paris in all its beauty, from the boats on the Seine to the rain on the boulevards, it�s easy to see why an American writer, Gil (Owen Wilson), would be taken with the place, and perhaps hope to find there the inspiration for a novel he is writing.
Excerpt: Everyone has visited a new city and had the same fleeting but exciting thought: if I lived here, I could be a different person, and everything would be better. Woody Allen's newest film Midnight in Paris takes that vacation fantasy and goes a step further, allowing a schlumpy American writer (Owen Wilson, and yes, he's a Woody surrogate) to visit and thrive in 1920s literary Paris, through a bit of nightly time travel magic that Allen doesn't explain and doesn't need to.
Excerpt: An unassuming wisp of a movie, Midnight In Paris finds Woody Allen penning a love letter to the City Of Lights, albeit one whose sentiments could easily fit on a postcard. In fact, the movie often appears to aspire to postcard status, particularly in an opening series of establishing shots of familiar Parisian sites progressing from dawn to dusk, with a picturesque afternoon shower thrown in for good measure.