Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Released: June 2011
Featuring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody
When I first watched this film I was disappointed because I had hyped up the plot line of Gil (Owen Wilson) travelling through different time eras of Paris. The artistic, fashionable, sophisticated and elaborate times of the 1920s, as well as the ceremonious, coming of age times of the 1890s. But after letting my great expectations subside, I really enjoyed the watch.
The plot is about the Golden Age. That is, longing to live in a time before your own. For example, mine is the early 1960s. Rock and roll music and amazing fashion, with the huge liberal movement against war and for free will. However, Midnight In Paris attempts to shroud my Golden Age in contempt, trying to convince us that few are content with the current times and to get over it.
There is a lot of magic in this film which I love. Gil goes through a wormhole of such, where at the strike of midnight every night a 1920s car picks him up and takes him to parties with his literary heroes. It’s a beautiful “what if” storyline that lives out everybody’s wish to travel through time to experience a life not meant for them.
I think that the decision for Gil to be transported to different era via transport appropriate for that time was perfect. It seems like a small, obvious detail, but I’m just glad that there was no CGI, special effects or sound effects to make the transition obvious.
This magic does not last throughout the film, however. “The grass is always greener on the other side” is a phrase that has been converted into the moral of this story – the cold, harsh light of day is not welcoming by the end for the viewer.
Gil sees that the beauty of every era can still be inspiring without having the ability to experience it first hand… Which is disappointing since it seems that he is throwing away his idyllic time era of 1920s Paris for an average life in 2010 Paris. He could have continued to live his dream, but chose not to for no convincing reason.
The beautiful French music was glorious! Seriously considering buying the soundtrack.
The acting was very well done. I really hated Rachel McAdam’s character… Like it got to the point where I was starting to think that she must be a total bi-atch in real life because she played Inez so convincingly. Owen Wilson was pretty much the same character he is in everything. I’m not totally sure why he was cast. Perhaps to keep the film upbeat.
It is an uplifting tale of something that many of us dream of doing. The ending was rather disappointing, as I said. But as a whole this Woody Allen film was pretty cool.
Worth a watch, but don’t expect it to be a deep and meaningful movie – you will be disappointed! Look at it as a quirky drama/rom-com. Although, I do think that it would have been a very moving film if it was heavier with more drama and emotion.
Jodie’s rating: 7/10
I think I may have given away more about this film than the trailer has actually…