While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée, a nostalgic man finds
himself being transported to the 1920's every night at midnight.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Written and Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard,
Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody,
Alison Pill, Michael Sheen, Kurt Fuller, Léa Seydoux,
Mimi Kennedy, Nina Arianda
Oscar Wins - Best Original Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction
Midnight in Paris is a beautifully filmed love letter to Paris and a must-see for all writers and romantics. The romanticism of Paris is known throughout the world, and Woody Allen showcases it with one of his best films that boasts a solid cast and a witty screenplay. This is a film about writing that dramatizes the craft itself, while at the same time making you fall in love with its atmosphere.
Owen Wilson does a tremendous job as aspiring novelist and 1920's nostalgic Gil Pender. Trapped in a loveless engagement with a materialistic fiancee and her crazy parents, Gil longs for the simplicity and excitement of Paris in the 1920's. Before long, he finds himself transported to the era of his desire, where he encounters such legends as Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), and Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody). To the actors who portrayed the iconic painters and writers, I say simply bravo. They all performed admirably and showed audiences a little glimpse into the more human side of these historical figures.
The true star of the film is Paris, which embraces the audience with its lights, its buildings, and its sounds. It's easy to see why Gil was longing for a city so immersed in artistic integrity, when all he was surrounded by were pedantic jackasses who wouldn't know culture if it smacked them in the eye. Woody Allen has created a modern masterpiece that will go down as one of his best films, and one of the most delightful journeys through the City of Lights.