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.
Excerpt: Wanna-be writer Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) travels to Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) and while he thrives in the romance of the city, she chooses to go off with her old friend Paul (Michael Sheen) leaving Gil to wander the streets alone at night. When he's invited into a vintage car driving past, he finds himself transported back to Paris of the '20s where he meets an amazing array of authors, musicians and painters who have inspired him for years.
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: Gil Pender (Owen Wilson, The Darjeeling Limited ) is a writer who's decided to take a break from churning out screenplays for Hollywood and do some real writing for a change. He's just begun a vacation in Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams, Morning Glory ), where he's expected to spend most of his time with Inez's conservative parents (Kurt Fuller, Wayne's World and Mimi Kennedy, Due Date ) and insufferable friends (Michael Sheen, The Damned United and Nina...
Summary: You're in love with a fantasy. Midnight in Paris is the embodiment of a dream, a fantasy come to life. It's also the story of a future lit by the past, and a present revealed through the prism of life in a different era. It's one of Writer/Director Woody Allen's catchiest films. It's a charming adventure of self discovery, told through a light, simple story that seems to say that the realities of life may not always be as alluring as nostalgia, but life is what one makes...
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.
Summary: Like his main character, Gil, it’s clear Woody Allen loves Paris and would have liked to have lived there during the 1920s. This is his ode to the city’s cobbled streets, the river and garden landscapes that inspired Monet, filmed through the love-struck lens of cinematographer Darius Khondji. Paris is probably the strongest character here. More As for at least half of the others, well, Allen didn’t exactly write them. Without the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F.