MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Tuesday, May 23 rd, 2017 at 00:05 am
A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen’s newest and his best in a very long time. Owen Wilson basically plays the Woody Allen role. He’s on a family trip with Rachael McAdam’s family, and the two of them are engaged. The voice over starts with Owen Wilson talking about how much he likes Paris in the rain, and Rachael just isn’t buying into it at all. And clearly, they are not meant for each other, but we all know this, and I guess Woody knows it, but it takes a while. Owen ends up going and wandering around Paris and getting lost and being picked up, talking about how he wishes he was living in Paris in the ’20s. He’s picked up by this mysterious car and mysterious Peugot from the ’20s and runs into no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. F. Scott Fitzgerald is played by Heckleman — I think his name is Chris, we have to check this out — who actually was Loki in Thor, so he’s having a big month. He’s terrific. He also runs into Hemingway and Cole Porter. And part of the fun of the movie is the people that he keeps running into. This is really a charming movie. It’s very sweet, very gentle. — it’s also very well cast. And the great Marion Cotillard is in it, Cathy Bates plays Gertrude Stein If you love Paris in the ’20s, there’s actually a Josephine Baker character. It’s very atmospheric. The clothes are to die for. The notion is, we should probably all be happy — the best time of life is the time that we’re really in. It’s really a charming movie. It’s a sweetness that we haven’t seen in Woody Allen in a whole long time, and it’s a pleasure to see. Four stars.