‘Midnight in Paris’ Short Take


A heartfelt love letter to the city of Paris, Woody Allen’s enchanting Midnight in Paris, the legendary filmmaker’s 41st film, is also his most consistently entertaining work since 1986’s Hannah and Her Sisters. Like his classic comedies of the mid-80s, Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose of Cairo, Midnight in Paris is a weightless summer soufflé. But what it lacks in depth, it makes up in charm and style. It’s also the best thing Owen Wilson has ever done. Wilson, who pulls off the best impression of the Woodmeister since John Cusack in Bullets over Broadway, plays Gil, a wide-eyed and lovelorn Hollywood screenwriter whose infatuation with Paris and the golden era of the 1920s ends up transporting him literally back to that era every night at the stroke of midnight where he dabbles with artistic giants of the era like Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Dali, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, and T.S. Elliot among others. Enthrallingly shot with top-notch performances from Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and scene-stealing turns from Corey Stoll, Adrian Brody and Alison Pill, Midnight in Paris is essential viewing for anyone who calls themselves a fan of the movies.


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