Where do I begin with Midnight in Paris?
Midnight in Paris delivers the signature gentle humor of Woody Allen many of us have enjoyed before in classics like Hannah and Her Sisters, Mighty Aphrodite, Annie Hall and Manhattan. Woody Allen’s characters drift away from the reality towards some future, past and ultimately distant dreamscapes and the otherwise mundane environment just seem to dance along with Allen’s ensemble of flawed protagonists and endearing foes.
In Midnight in Paris, the cute and naïve Gil (Owen Wilson) pines for a rain-drenched Paris of the roaring 20s that would inspire him as he writes his first novel, which is about a man running a nostalgia shop. At midnight, an antique car drives him to the company of expatriates like Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and so on. In their company, Gil met Adriana (Marion Cotillard), Picasso’s lover, with whom he felt true and beautiful passion.
While introducing us, educating if you may, to the luminaries of Paris’ gilded past, Midnight in Paris also tours us around the city of blinding lights from the small alleys and quaint shops to the romantic landmarks literature and the silver screen have immortalized. And whispering in our ears are the songs of Cole Porter and the strains of jazz music at its finest.
Watch Midnight and Paris and start saving up for that romantic Parisian getaway.