Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is a magical movie involving Owen Wilson and some sort of time travel. But before I continue with that, I must tell you that Midnight in Paris stars an amazing ensemble. Some recognizable faces include, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotilllard and Tom Hiddleston. I could name more, but then this review would go on forever.
Anyways, back to the story. Wilson plays Gil, a screenwriter who is trying to finish his first novel. He is on vacation with his fiance (McAdams). While in Paris, Gil discovers that at midnight he can be transported to the 1920’s Paris he has always dreamt of. The majority of the movie is him travelling through the beautiful city at night and meeting beautiful women and famous authors and artists.
Now, this might be Wilson’s best role yet. He plays sort of a funny guy who appears to have all the same concerns that our bothering normal people nowadays. McAdams plays a very unlikable person, which is something I’ve never seen her do. The whole cast is great the scenery is utterly amazing. The way the lights accentuate the shadows in Paris are just amazing. The roads and the buildings are beautiful and very unlike the American landscape I am so used to.
Don’t get me wrong though, this movie is not for everyone. There are no big action scenes featuring gun fire or even a lot of swearing. It is a simple film with no nudity or really sexual content of any nature. There is a lot of dialogue and walking. Now if that doesn’t sound like a good movie to you, than you may not want to watch this.
Lastly, I want to compare this to another amazing movie, Hugo. Hugo was Scorsese’s love letter to the classic movies. Midnight in Paris is Allen’s love letter to Paris. It is a beautiful film that you will love if you enjoy simple, yet complex movies. With that, I give it a 9.5 out of 10.