122. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Paris, I love you

8/10
Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates

It’s no wonder that Paris is called the city of love. From the opening scenes of Paris in the day, in the rain, with its charming cafes and world famous landmarks, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris captures the romantic and animated city life that Gil (Wilson) falls deeply in love with. While his successful work as a Hollywood screenwriter is admired by his fiance Inez (McAdams), Gil yearns to finish a novel centered around a hero who owns a nostalgia shop – an imagined representation of his own desire for a time better than the present. But as his dreams and wandering imagination is put down by Inez, her parents and her close friends as rather odd and deranged, Gil finds new mentors and muses when he discovers he can travel to 1920s Paris by simply catching a ride from the same street bend at midnight.

Wine tasting amongst mortals

From this charming concept, Allen turns Gil’s imaginative journey into one that is filled with loveable characterisations of Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Picasso, Dali and many other inspiring figures, who are wonderfully casted, directed and performed. Shaking up Gil’s inspiration for writing and his own sense of reality, sanity and respectability, Midnight in Paris infuses the writer’s time traveling experiences with humour, excitement and above all things, love. While some Allen fans may long for the style and tone of his earlier films, Midnight in Paris draws our attention to the wit and charm of what Allen has in store for us now, and no doubt, what he has in store for us in the future.

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