Today’s review will focus on one of my new favorite movies: Midnight In Paris. I hope we have some literature fans in the audience for this one! The movie was written and directed by the infamous Woody Allen and stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, and Rachel McAdams.
The plot focuses on Gil, an aspiring novelist who travels to Paris with his stuck-up fiancee and her parents. Frustrated by being unable to fit in with her family, Gil wanders off alone for a midnight stroll and is taken back into the 1920’s, the Golden Age of Modernism. In the 1920’s he is able to meet his artistic idols: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, Picasso, Dali, etc.
One of the main reasons I loved the movie is because I am exactly like Gil. I am a nostalgic dreamer obsessed with Modernism and the famous writers of the period. I am also a writer and, like all writers, a little weird and different from everyone else. The film was very identifiable and relatable for me.
The acting was great. I read that Woody Allen rewrote the roles specifically for some of the actors. Wilson was great as Gil. McAdams succeeds in venturing from her normal nice girl role and into a mean, materialistic woman. Also, the recreations of the literary idols were great as well. Kathy Bates shined as Gertrude Stein.
I did not like the way the writers quoted their own works as if they really spoke that way. I especially saw this in Hemingway. It seemed scripted and unnatural. However, Gil told Hemingway he though all contemporary literature derived from Twain’s Huck Finn. That was hilarious considering that is one of Hemingway’s most famous quotes.
The cinematography was awesome. The first 2-3 minutes of the movie shows scenes of Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
You really need to check this one out. It is truly amazing, especially if you enjoy literature, art, or Paris. Also, if you are nostalgic for the past, like I am, you will find this movie exhilarating. I give it a 4.6/5.0!