Midnight in Paris

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Review: Midnight in Paris

Transcript for Review: Midnight in Paris

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Ok, next up for us is "Midnight in Paris," the 41st film from Woody Allen, for those of you keeping score at home, and is the best movie in years. Owen Wilson functions as the Allen figure, a Hollywood screenwriter named Gil who thinks he's a hack and hopes to reinvent himself as a novelist. He's visiting Paris with his fiancee, Inez, played by Rachel McAdams, and her parents. But there are early signs that they might not be such a good fit for each other.



CLIP 2 -- He's a pseudo intellectual



Gil finds himself newly inspired by Paris and wallowing in nostalgic, romanticized notions of what it must have been like there in the 1920s. Walking around the city by himself, night after night around midnight, he finds himself drawn into a series of thrilling and surreal adventures -- and finds himself falling for another woman, played by Marion Cotillard. And that makes things awkward with Inez.



CLIP 3 -- Why are you so dressed up?


"Midnight in Paris" is a complete delight -- charming, funny and extremely clever. This will sound contradictory, but it's introspective and frothy at the same time. Wilson is a surprisingly effective stand-in for Allen, given his easygoing on-screen persona. And the strong supporting cast includes Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody. I smiled the whole way through – big thumbs up from me.


IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
This is maybe the funniest film he's made in a really long time I mean the scene between, ah, between Brody and and Wilson is I think I can't think of a better piece of comedy, you know, writing and directing that he's done since maybe the, the eighties, you know so many of the scenes in this film are so sharply put together. Ah, Wilson is a surprisingly good conduit for...

CHRISTY:
He's great in this.

IGNATIY:
For the Allen persona. I think it's because he doesn't over do the nanana-nervous ticks that I think a lot of other people who take on maybe the Allen role in an Allen, in a Woody Allen movie do. And I feel that Allen has always tried to kind of, to bring across this idea that he has this nieve romantic side I mean since his early films. I actually think that Wilson is better at bringing that side across than Allen is himself.

CHRISTY:
There's the naive side, but then there's also the nihilistic, cynical we're all just little specks side of it, there's a lot going on here that I would love to talk about that we maybe shouldn't in terms of what all happens to Owen Wilson night after night, um, it is so clever and so genius and yet like deadpan in it's ideas of nostalgia and art and literature that we all have and it toys with them just really beautifully.

IGNATIY:
But, its not like a ostentatious cleverness, this movie is very relaxed, it's got an very easy going feel to it

CHRISTY:
And the guy who is ostentatious, Micheal Sheen, is the butt of all the jokes and he's pretty great in it too.