Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy,Drama,Romance,Sci-Fi Rated: Midnight in Paris (2011)

Rated: Midnight in Paris (2011)

“I see a rhinoceros!”

If anything, Woody Allen is consistent. When you are watching a Woody Allen movie, you always know what you are going to get and rarely are you disappointed afterwards. For those of you unfamiliar, his films are all about relationships, but something is always turned on its head, not quite right. He always adds his own witty, observational type of humor and this makes for an interesting character-based film where usually the audience learns as much about their own personal relationships as the characters onscreen. I would hesitate to call his films Rom-coms because they are much more than that, but the name is fitting. They are romantic and they are comedies. Perhaps a little dark and twisted, crazy, or over-the-top, but nonetheless a comedy.

Midnight In Paris is much of the same, but different. It has all the trademarks we’ve come to expect, but the movie feels more substantial. It is whimsical at times, pragmatic at others. It bleeds philosophical and existential themes, all of which we’ve all encountered in our lives at some time. Here Woody Allen makes a movie feel more like a book. He seamlessly weaves fantasy with reality and there is no loss of voice when it transitions. Yes, there is a relationship, but this movie is less about that connection and more about the individual’s connection with the world around them and how that can dictate what a person wants out of a relationship. While Woody Allen’s past few movies have seemed redundant and tired, this one feels new, vibrant and exciting.

Story: Gil is a Hollywood movie writer, but is struggling to write a novel. He is engaged to Inez, and together they travel to Paris to join her parents on a business trip. Once in Paris, Gil finds the spark that he needs in an unlikely place when he wonders the streets at night. But while these midnight strolls help him get closer than ever before to his dream, he finds that they are also pulling him farther apart from his fiancee…Good (24/25)

Acting: Owen Wilson takes the lead here, and does a fantastic job making you believe that everything his character is going through onscreen is genuine. Rachel McAdams plays his fiancee and is perfect in her contrast in outlook on life. The highlight of the film though, is the fabulous cast of strong supporting characters which are vibrant and full of life. Good (23/25)

Direction: The film starts off slow, but by the end Allen is cramming scenes together so fast that you wish the movie was longer. Still Allen does a great job. Paris is brilliantly captured and the color palette is full of emotion. Good (21/25)

Special Effects/X-Factor: This film is the opposite of a novel that reads like a movie. This is a movie that feels like a book. Yes, it is a little fast moving at times, but it nonetheless feels like an actual well-developed and full story, something we do not see often enough in movies these days. For this reason above all others it is worth watching. Good (24/25)

The Verdict: (92/100) = A (A Historical Achievement)

  • The Good: Woody Allen writes a proper story, well balanced with intrigue, adventure, and excitment, then constructs a movie with professional direction and tops it all off with a fantastic cast of characters.
  • The Bad: Starts slow, ends fast. No explosions.

Summary: Perhaps the most meaningful time-travel movie ever made.

My previous review: Rated: Haywire (2012)

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