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 fiancé 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.
Previews: There are a couple random trailers as well as one for the feature film.
Extra Tidbit: Adrian Brody's obsession with rhinoceroses is quite amusing.