Midnight In Paris Shows Woody’s Still Got It

Few careers have had the sustained respect and consistency as the guy who seems like he lives next door, Woody Allen. Every now and then he makes a movie where you think, “there it is, he’s done” but then comes along a Match Point or in this years case, Midnight In Paris. Woody has a wit and center of creativity that just doesn’t seem to run out and hopefully never does. His diverse collection of films has spanned all kinds of audiences and his brand of comedy, while it’s a love it or hate it type, is no doubt respected. This was no doubt a can’t miss to add to his collection it, like his other films isn’t for everyone.

Midnight in Paris is one of the great fantasy stories that’s been told in recent years with Owen Wilson as the movies lead, Gil who is a nostalgic screenwriter who is unhappy in current profession and wants to write a long lasting great novel. His in love with the city of Paris, especially in the rain. While his fiancé, Inez tends to think lowly of Gil and wishes to lead a superficial life. One night after dinner and drinks with friends that aren’t really Gil’s style, he goes for a walk and while taking a rest on some steps is approached by a vehicle straight out of the 1920’s and some very happy party goers encourage him to get in and join them. Being a little drunk he agrees and soon discovers the party he attends has an impressive guest list whom include his writing heroes F. Scott Fitzgerald and his companion Zelda along with Ernest Hemingway who introduces himself by asking if he is a boxing fan, as Hemingway had a notorious tough guy attitude. Hemingway introduces Gil to the very famous American poet and writer, Gertrude Stein who agrees to take a look at Gil’s novel. Subsequently the night comes to an end and Gil is eager to introduce Inez to his “new” friends. Not realizing that it’s the midnight hour that his ride approaches to take him to his dream era, Inez grows impatient and leaves shortly before his is picked up. This is the night he meets lovely Adriana who is apparently the muse to a one Pablo Picasso. Slowly falling in love with Adriana. As the story continues, Gil begins to see the distance growing between him and Inez and wishes to stay in what he believes is the golden era. He eventually sees that even those in such a great period long to be in a different era and that they are nostalgic for other times. He comes to the realization that he is best off living in the moment.

While Owen Wilson is not known for his great acting ability, Woody is known for getting nothing but the best out of his actors by letting them breath and infuse themselves in the character. Wilson becomes the lovable Gil and we begin to want nothing but the best for him. We want him to follow his dreams and be great.

Allen has a beautiful script and story that is relatable to all on some level and with his uncanny ability to find the beauty in every city it makes even those who have never been to paris, long to be in the city of lights.

While no one will ever confuse Midnight In Paris with the iconic Annie Hall, which is the peak of romantic comedies and the opus in a long line of work for Woody Allen, this is no doubt one of his films that will live on and in 3 to 4 years you will be talking to someone at a party and without question someone will bring it up. You will then have laughter and smiles come over those that love it and will here the words, “You just gotta see it”.

12 thoughts on “Midnight In Paris Shows Woody’s Still Got It”

  1. I love this movie! I am a huge Woody Allen fan and this is my second favorite of his movies, the first is Annie Hall of course. This movie is amazing.

    1. keep in mind woody allen isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like his movies this may not strike you in the same way but I highly recommend giving it a shot

      1. On the contrary, I’m very open minded concerning movies for a smaller audience. If the screenplay is good then i would love to give it a shot.

  2. Very nice review Marc. Most enjoyable film. While I did live literally a stone’s throw from Woody and Soon-Yi in Manhattan, and did see them in the neighborhood many times – I never quite thought of them as next door neighbors. But I did click with this film because I have been to Paris 3 times.

    The film had a romance to it – as well as an aura of mystery/fantasy. Gil was able to meet and chat with all of his idols – a dream that no doubt many of us have – but a dream that remains just a dream. That’s the appeal of the film for me – that Gil’s fantasies came true – makes it seem as though somehow, my dreams or yours may come true as well.

    On that basis – the film makes a connection with most of us. New Yorkers or not. As most of us watch movies because in some way we are all dreamers.


  3. I’m so in love with Midnight in Paris. It’s such a wonderful narrative – I’m so glad Woody Allen received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, very much deserved. It’s romantic, charming and completely takes me in 🙂 and it epitomises how I feel about the olden days – I wish I lived in the golden age, and am very nostalgic for a time where I didn’t even exist! Really enjoyed watching a movie about it. 🙂

  4. Great review! This movie was such a breath of fresh air. Woody Allen really has a knack for casting – everyone is pitch perfect, especially Owen Wilson, who is the perfect combination of bemused and honest. I love the play on nostalgia. Woody Allen explores it as something we all get caught up in – the romanticism, the feeling that you were born into the wrong time period – but then he also takes it to an almost absurd extreme. I love when Gil is talking to Adriana and says that the people of Belle Époque would rather have been alive during the Renaissance, and that Michelangelo or Titian would probably have been nostalgic about Kubla Khan times. In doing this, I think he’s reiterating that our present will someday be the source of nostalgia for someone else. It’s simple, but it works.

    Reminds me a lot of the Billy Collins poem, which, if haven’t read already, really should: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/nostalgia/

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