Movie Review: Midnight in Paris

24 Oct

As soon as the plot was revealed to this movie I couldn’t help but anticipate it rather eagerly. The idea of an American couple going to Paris and not being satisfied with life but always chasing up new things seemed interesting to me. It had to be written well though. Otherwise it would be a pot of clichés and nothing to keep the viewer interested. This kept me interested.


Woody Allen wrote this almost as a love letter to Paris. When being interviewed he said that of he didn’t live in New York it would have to be Paris. Personally, I like Paris a lot. I have nothing against it, it’s a beautiful city. I just have an issue with the way that Paris is portrayed in the media which affects how we view the city.

Owen Wilson plays Gil who is a screenwriter who we assume to be rather successful. Gil is obsessed with Paris but more specifically Paris in the 20s. Rachel McAdams plays his wife to be Inez who just wants him to stop banging on about Paris and go back to screenwriting (he’s trying to work on a novel) and she wants to live in Beverly Hills. They meet with a couple who Inez used to go to college with and he’s incredibly charming, sophisticated and a know it all. One night, Gil gets jealous of him and goes out at midnight. He gets picked up by a car which takes him back to Paris in the twenties. He meets Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso and many more. He keeps revisiting this time and learns a lot about himself and life.

I think Woody has created a great script here. It’s sharp, funny and interesting. There wasn’t a time in the movie where I was bored. The end scene didn’t go down well with me but it didn’t spoil the movie either. Characters are very believable and the little lines make you chuckle, such as Scott Fitzgerald saying old sport and Zelda’s larger than life personality. There’s many more to keep you entertained, if you’re at all interested in the twenties then it is hard not to appreciate some of the writing.

Wilson plays his character well and we get a sense of his emotions really well woot it being over the top. McAdams doesn’t actually have as much screen time as you would think but the character is done well. Katy Bates and Marion Cotillard stood out to me and Mae the time era part of it more accessible.

The idea of people always being convinced that they belong in the past and the grass is always greener idea seemed to work and felt true. I know that it’s not one of the finest films ever made, but it will charm you, like it did to me, to bits. I couldn’t help but fall for it.

Score: 4/5

6 Responses to “Movie Review: Midnight in Paris”

  1. colincarman October 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    No doubt a BEST PICTURE nominee if not winner. Inspiring that after forty amazing years of filmmaking, this is Woody Allen’s biggest commercial success. As delightful as it is smart, even magical (for an atheist like Allen!)

    • aculturedlad October 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it too! It was so charming and pleasant and like you said, a tiny bit magical! I don’t know about Best Picture though. I really enjoyed it but it looks as if there is some really good stuff coming up this Oscar season. But yes, this was a great movie 🙂

  2. Palm Trees & Bare Feet October 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    This was such an AMAZING movie! I agree that there really wasn’t a boring moment in the movie and the script was very good – typical of Woody Allen.

    Plus, the cast was excellent! How can you go wrong with Owen Wilson and the beautiful Marion Cotillard?! You really can’t!

    Nice review! 🙂

    • aculturedlad October 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      It was! I really enjoyed it too! It was so entertaining and delightful to watch. The writing was definitely the best part but that’s to be expected! I just thought it was a very enjoyable film. Cotillard was the best person but each of them did a great job.

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. Pointhalf January 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I just watched this last night! Loved it.

    • aculturedlad January 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!

      As did I! Such a wonderful movie!

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