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Midnight in Paris
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Jan 13, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Woody Allen

Actors:
Owen Wilson
Rachel McAdams
Kathy Bates

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Gil is a Hollywood screenplay writer whose sick of the business and wants to write a novel. He and his fiancÚ are headed to Paris on business, but Gil would be more than happy to move there permanently. But something magical happens when the clock strikes twelve and Gil decides to take a ride with some strangers who are looking to party like it's nineteen ninety-nine.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of Woody Allen (though I did particularly enjoy THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION) but every now and then he does come up with a wondrously luscious piece of storytelling. This doesn't start out as anything fancy (we've got an engaged couple heading to Paris for a mix of business and pleasure), but for two people about to tie the knot however, this couple seem action packed with issues. This becomes evident within the first couple minutes of their dialogue together and then painfully so the moment their joined by her parents. I was figuring this one to be a romantic comedy of sorts, and though it is funny and there is some romance, it's not at all what you'd expect it to be. The good news is, it works all the better because of it.

I enjoy Owen Wilson as an actor, he's funny, witty, charming and one of few actors who I really feel would be a kickass good time to hang out with for a night of boozing. His breakdown awhile back lost him some street credit in Hollywood, but as with all actors who do something dramatic, there's always a way back if you stick to your guns. This flick may not have felt as good with any other male lead as Gil the writer, but with Wilson it felt perfect. At the heart of this film is the idea that many of us are unhappy with the world (and particular life) we live in, or to be more precise, the grass is always greener in another city, another time period, or what have you. I'm sure many Canadians daydream about how cool it would be to live downtown New York, while many people who live abroad dream of Canada and all its possibilities. I dreamed of slinging drinks on the beach for many years after watching COCKTAIL, so when it comes to Gil's adventure of self discovery I'm sure we can all empathise with him on some level.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is (without giving too much away) a clever look at how we always want what we don't have and settle for things we shouldn't. Gil's trek through Paris lead him down many streets and introduces him to many cool characters like Ernest Hemingway (I can only hope that Hemingway was indeed this much of a badass in his day), Pablo Picasso and countless others. I'm sure that doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense right now, but again, I don't want to spoil anything. The sad part about the film is watching Gil and his fiancÚ go back and forth. She's all obsessed with this douchebag know it all guy (trust me, we've all seen this guy before) and no matter how much Gil wants to take in the sights of Paris, his woman's never interested. Again, this flick didn't go where I expected it to, but I did end up enjoying the ride quite a bit. It was a pleasant surprise and interesting enough premise to keep me guessing as well as entertained.
THE EXTRAS
Midnight in Cannes: I seriously don't see why they bothered adding this brief look into the press conference at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It's pretty much Woody babbling for four minutes about nothing. This is one time I would've welcomed a commentary.

Previews: There are a couple random trailers as well as one for the feature film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Woody Allen can be hit or miss, but when he hits one out there it's usually a homerun. There's a special kind of magic in the air as you cruise the streets of Paris with Gil, a strange bit of fun unlike anything I've watched in a long while. This is definitely one to check out some lazy Sunday night in the cold winter weeks to come.

Extra Tidbit: Adrian Brody's obsession with rhinoceroses is quite amusing.
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7:56PM on 01/13/2012

Kinda Meh though...

To be honest, I hate Woody Allen and most of his movies, but this was kinda tolerable... I guess it would go down better if I had any interest in the time period depicted during the alternate Paris sequences or if I knew more stuff about the historical personalities that popped up... The bit with the surrealists was hillarious though and IMHO the only funny bit in the movie. I also LOVED Alison Pill's performance but I didn't quite like Owen Wilson's, cause to me it felt like he was doing a
To be honest, I hate Woody Allen and most of his movies, but this was kinda tolerable... I guess it would go down better if I had any interest in the time period depicted during the alternate Paris sequences or if I knew more stuff about the historical personalities that popped up... The bit with the surrealists was hillarious though and IMHO the only funny bit in the movie. I also LOVED Alison Pill's performance but I didn't quite like Owen Wilson's, cause to me it felt like he was doing a bad Woody Allen impersonation. As far as the story is concerned, I found it utterly predictable... As soon as I saw that girl selling the vintage records, I called EXACTLY how the movie would play out from then on, as well as the end. To me Midnight In Paris was nothing special, it was just an entertaining couple of hours at the movies, nothing more and nothing less. As far as I am concerned, it DEFINITELY isn't a masterpiece or even one of the better movies of the year. Like I said though, I can see why people fall in love with it, It just didn't click with me on that level...
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10:53AM on 01/13/2012
[link] Too bad Woody Allen films never have special features.
[link] Too bad Woody Allen films never have special features.
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9:36AM on 01/13/2012
This would have been such a great film to get a nice set of extras. This bare-bones trend sucks!
This would have been such a great film to get a nice set of extras. This bare-bones trend sucks!
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