Midnight in Paris is a romantic fantasy written and directed by Woody Allen about a small group of Americans visiting Paris. The story then centers around harried Hollywood screenwriter Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), his spoilt, unbearable fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams), and Gil’s nightly time portal journeys back to 1920′s Paris where he hangs out with some of the most influential writers and painters of that era.
Despite being as interesting as waiting for your computer to load, the desultory Wilson/Woody Allen hybrid creation soon becomes the toast of 1920′s Paris, who suddenly inexplicably become fascinated by the exotic, moth-eaten creature that is Gil Pender! At one stage Salvador Dali even offers to paint him.
Owen Wilson then proceeds to wander around with a “Gee golly” knock me over with a feather look on his face for the rest of the movie as he rubs shoulders with other titans of art, music and literature including Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker.
Despite being a flimsy, bauble of a film, I still got some enjoyment from watching the disheveled Gil traveling through time while grappling with those themes closest to his heart, namely love, nostalgia and creativity.
Nonetheless, for me the real magic of the 94 minutes came right at the end of the movie when Gil meets the gorgeous Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) on the bridge. In those few moments her natural glow and beauty conjured up more romance than that provided in the whole of the movie.
Credit should also go to Michael Sheen for his portrayal of the intellectual pedant Paul Bates, whose pomposity and pretentiousness majestically eclipsed that of his fellow compatriots, which was no mean feat.
Recycled Woody Allen characters and plot plus time travel
- Rated: PG-13
- Comedy, fantasy, romance
- Release Date: 5/20/2011
- Directed by: Woody Allen
- Starring: Carla Bruni, Kathy Bates, Léa Seydoux), Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams
- Produced by: Jaume Roures, Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
- Written by: Woody Allen
- Studio: Gravier Productions, Mediapro, TV3, Versátil Cinema