Tuesday, 17 January 2012

'Midnight in Paris' Film Review

I'll admit that what drew me to this movie was ultimately Rachel McAdams, but I've always enjoyed Woody Allen's films- there's a quirk about them which is lovable, so this was sure to be good. And it won Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Globes!

Writer Gil (Owen Wilson) goes on a trip to Paris with fiancee Inez (Rachel McAdams) whom he has nothing much in common with. He has always wanted to live in Paris in the 20's. One night during a walk alone at midnight, Gil gets picked up by a vintage car, and is taken to the 20's. There he meets Picasso, Hemingway, Dali and many great minds, but amongst the famed, he also meets Adriana (Marion Cotillard), a beautiful woman who he really connects with.

Through his adventures in the 20's, Gil develops as a writer, learns how to truly love and what he is searching for in the present, in reality.

Being unfamiliar with France in the 20's, I was probably one of those who got a bit lost amongst the characters of this alternate universe, though thankfully there were some renowned characters: Dali and Picasso, of which I knew well. 

The immediate thing to notice is the beauty of the cinematography- Paris is shown through beautiful eyes. The three minute opening sequence showcasing Paris from day to night was wonderful. Even if you hate the movie, you'll fall in love with Paris. And not just Paris, Paris in the 20's. 

The pacing of the film was good though it could've gone faster. However, there was great attention to detail which makes this a lovely artistic film. There was great suspense towards the climax of the film when 'the message' hits you, and the film ends with a brilliant catharsis.

Whilst the happenings of the film could just be complete fantasy, the delusions of a drunk, to dwell on technicality would be missing the point of the movie- the exploration of fearing the modern day, the yearning to escape to the past to the 'golden age' and dealing with it are just some of the themes found in this movie.

Owen Wilson- Gil
Rachel McAdams- Inez
Kathy Bates- Gertrude Stein
Marion Cotillard- Adriana

Also stars Michael Sheen, Carla Bruni and Adrien Brody.

I've never liked Owen Wilson, even in his comedic roles, and to be honest, found him rather annoying in this movie. To me, he is very much like a Woody Allen when Allen acts- and it just bugs me. Rachel McAdams plays the uninterested insensitive selfish fiancee well and I'd love to see her in more comedic roles and perhaps even  being a villain! 

There are also some great guest stars here as the 20s famous figures.

'Midnight in Paris' was a surprising commercial success. Beautifully shot, with an intriguing story and message, this is definitely one of Woody Allen's better films of late. Whilst it was a bit slow to start, the pace picks up and you will be absorbed into the movie. The ending is also brilliant! Fall in love with Paris with this movie! 

Will be rooting for this one at the Oscars.


No comments:

Post a Comment

What do you think? Add your comment here!!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...