Tippy dreams of one day changing the world, but still has to figure out how to exactly. She likes words and its capacity to invoke great emotion in people. On this silly little blog she chronicles travel, music, food, advocacy, pretentious things like books, film & art, and of course everyday life.
Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen, and Carla Bruni
The first problem I had with Midnight in Paris, shallow as it may seem, is that I like Woody Allen films, but thoroughly dislike Owen Wilson. However, because I’m one of those people who picks films on the basis of Oscar nominations I decided to put aside my dislike for Owen Wilson and watch midnight in Paris. After all, the entire premise was about a couple of things that I devour and take in full: Jazz Age writers, European artists, and of course Paris.
And indeed, there was nothing I did not like about Midnight in Paris. Perhaps it’s because I LOVED its plot to begin with, but I don’t exaggerate when I say that I smiled throughout the entire thing. It’s a movie that’s easy enough to like, but not without substance, leaving you with a clear picture of what exactly the film was about. I liked every single thing about the movie from its music, to its depiction of a romantic Paris, to (dare I say) even its casting. So maybe just this once Owen Wilson wasn’t so bad. In any case, Midnight in Paris had Rachel McAdams as the shallow American fiancé, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald (he was my favorite!), Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali, and even a cameo by Carla Bruni as a guide in Musee Rodin to make up for whatever I disliked about Owen Wilson as the protagonist.
What I liked most about the film though was that in terms of story, it ran a course that didn’t try to be anything deeper than what it already was. And while at first I thought that this sort of predictability, as we can call it, would make for a hollow film, its being written this way proved to be the exact opposite. The beauty of Midnight in Paris is not just found story it had to tell, but in its choice of setting in Paris, and the way it portrayed great people of an era as well. Combine all three elements and you have a wonderful film that I think people will always remember Woody Allen for.
So my point is: You won’t waste your time watching Midnight in Paris. It has made its way into my list of favorite movies of all time as a wonderfully clever film that’s funny, charming, and heartwarmingly wise.