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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Not an "Annie Hall," but very much worth seeing.

Author: coverstory from United States
31 August 2011

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I stopped going to Woody Allen movies several years ago, when they had started to become pedantic (and let's be honest here) pretentious and self-importantly "deep." Woody Allen is still a very funny man, and I especially like his humor pieces in "The New Yorker." A couple of months ago, for old time's sake, I watched "Sleeper," and found it still funny.

The reviews of "Midnight in Paris," both from the media and personal friends, made me hope that it was as good as his early stuff. Maybe the years have colored my delightful memories of gasping for air as I watched those hilarious situations and dialog, but P. isn't at the level of an "Annie Hall." Allen's early movies were daring and sometimes outrageous in a way that this one isn't.

Nevertheless, "Midnight in Paris" is a charming movie, full of clever dialog and witty inside jokes — Gil's suggestion to Luis Bunuel for a movie plot, and "recognizing" Hemingway's portentous dialog (it was spot-on Papa). Allen makes only a passing effort to cast actors who look like historical figures, which is fine, but Adrien Brody's riff on Salvador Dali, both the way he talks and the way he looks, is brilliant (I'm grinning as I write this).

A quibble, both about Gil's reference to people seeing Paris from outer space, and also from the perception of other reviewers: Historically, Paris is not "The City of Lights," it is "The City of Light." The original reference was by painters, who were drawn to the beautiful changes of natural light in the city. Anyone who has visited Paris knows exactly what they meant, and to assume that the reference is to a man-made phenomenon misses one of the loveliest aspects of Paris.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Delightful - one to watch again!

Author: phd_travel from United States
25 August 2011

Woody Allen is getting better and better. This is one of his best preferred it to Vicky Christina and some of the London based ones. All the historic encounters are so fascintaing it needs to be seen twice to appreciate all the detail. Makes you want to know more details about the different people he meets. It's one of those movies you wish could go on longer. Owen is typical Owen I think the role was made for his laid back charm. Rachel is pretty and hilarious. Such a versatile actress. The cameo actors are interesting to watch from Brody to a slightly inexpressive Bruni. It's not just about cultural differences, it's about the magical past of the city. My favorite Paris film since Le Divorce. Can't wait to see how Woody handles Rome in his next movie.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A wanna-be-artist time travels into 1920s while dealing with his current failing romance.

Author: nachiketajoshi-1 from United States
4 February 2012

This is the height of solipsism! In the "extras" in the bluray, Woody Allen mentions in the Cannes interview something about this movie that gives a clue about why it is so lifeless and pretentious: he just wanted to show the beauty of the Paris in a movie and shoot a movie for that, story be damned! Why not just ask the Paris Tourist Bureau that he would do it for them at a discounted rate, so he can indulge into something he wanted to do in a proper context? I went to see this movie hoping that it would be as decent as Vicky Christina Barcelona, with Barcelona replaced by Paris and the rest of the charm intact. I was so wrong! Oh well, I am not repeating the story etc. here, as plenty of the reviewers did, but you are warned!

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Whimsical Allen and his time-traveling taxi-cab...lovely moments abound, though it is without charming characters

Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
29 January 2012

Modern-day Hollywood screenwriter and novelist, on vacation in France with his fiancée and her parents, travels back in time to Paris in the 1920s via a magical taxi-cab, meeting legendary literary and artistic figures who help the writer put his work and his love-life into focus. Writer-director Woody Allen, seemingly in love with Paris himself, appealingly uses fantasy to both confuse and clarify reality...but without interesting, disarming central characters, the confection seems to cool early on. Stepping in for Woody, lead Owen Wilson doesn't have a dynamic screen presence (he fades into the foreground), and even the comedic scenes that should work the smoothest--such as a bit involving Rachel McAdams' missing earrings--have a bland denouement. Allen's nostalgia for the past is fun for awhile, but he doesn't use it to build momentum; fairly soon, we're stuck in a revolving door of personalities and romantic couplings, sequences which have an attractive sheen but ultimately feel a little underwhelming. ** from ****

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Woody Allen adds a rather unique (and very good) movie to his filmography.

Author: lewiskendell from United States
16 January 2012

"And actually, Paris is the most beautiful in the rain."

Probably the most charming and fanciful Woody Allen movies that I've seen, and also one of the most enjoyable. Owen Wilson is great as a proxy Allen, transported back to the streets of 1920's Paris and looking for his "Golden Age" amongst the famous writers and artists that wafted through the city at that time. 

I really don't have any criticisms about the movie. The script is trademark Woody Allen, full of musings about life and happiness, but it's more subtle and natural than his dialogue can often be. The cast is great (Corey Stoll as Earnest Hemingway and Adrien Brody as Salavador Dali being two of the most memorable examples), and Paris looks so beautiful that it often can distract from what's going on with the characters. 

Fully recommended for Woody fans, Wilson fans, romantics at heart, and those who love Paris (both past and present). 

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A wonderful mix of reality and fantasy

Author: native_girl333 from Finland
16 January 2012

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Woody Allen has done it again! A witty and funny comedy is set in the most romantic city of the world, Paris.

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a writer who is on a vacation with his fiancé Inez (Rachel McAdams) when he gets absorbed in the magic of the Parisian midnight. Pender is stuck in the rut with his script because he's afraid to show it to anybody. Then he has a colorful blast from the past when he meets his idols, a group of various artists from the 20's. Naturally nobody seems to believe him. He finds himself wanting to spend more time with Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald than his girlfriend. He also meets a lovely lady Adriana (Marion Cotillard). Gil starts to question what's really important to him.

Allen's story brings back the glamor of the 20's. The script's insightful and the maestro's vivid imagination and humor are flourishing once again. The cast is great, especially Wilson has a fantastic role for a change. Also Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody as a surrealist Salvador Dali are brilliant.

"Midnight in Paris" is the best Allen since the great "Match Point" and lovely "Vicky Christina Barcelona".

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The Obvious Star is Paris!

Author: gradyharp from United States
23 December 2011

MIDNIGHT IN Paris sounds good on paper and looks in ads. The film opens with a long sequence of views of the sights in Paris - no actors, no story, just the breathtaking magnificence of the City of Light. For this viewer that section i the most rewarding of the entire film. Once the film starts Woody Allen imposes an improbable story with stereotype characters and with a few notable exceptions, it gets stuck in its own cuteness.

VERY briefly screenwriter wannabe novelist Gil (Owen Wilson playing Owen Wilson) and his bride to be Inez (Rachel McAdams) are in Paris with Inez' parents (Kurt Fuller and Mimi Kennedy) who in turn are on a business trip. Inez is a bore: Gil wants adventure. As Inez sees the touristy places with her friends, the hideously boring pedantic Paul (Michael Sheen) and his flaky partner Carol (Nina Arianda), Gil escapes to walk the streets of Paris and fall in love with the history and the magic of the city. At the stoke of midnight he is picked up by an elegant car and is taken to the 1920s where he encounters Cole Porter (Yves Heck), Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), F Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and his Zelda (Allison Pill), Josephine Baker (Sonia Rolland), Alice B. Toklas (Thérèse Bourou-Rubinsztein) and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) and his current flame Adriana (Marion Cotillard who seems to have phoned in her performance), Djuna Barnes (Emmanelle Uzan), Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody - in probably the only convincing performance in the film), Man Ray (Tom Cordier), Luis Buñuel (Adrien de Van), TS Eliot (David Lowe) - in other words all the famous artists of the 1920s. Gil is captivated by the opportunity to share his work with these greats, though he finds it difficult to understand time travel. He falls for Adriana who in turn wishes she could live in the time of Le Belle Epoque so of course Gil and Adriana time travel again meeting Henri Matisse (Yves-Antoine Spoto), Toulesse-Lautrec (Vincent Menjou Cortes), Paul Gauguin (Olivier Rabourdin), and Edgar Degas (François Rostain) at Maxim's. Gil by day grows less enamored with Inez and by night more infatuated by Adriana and in the end there is a permanent schism between Gil and Inez and we are left with the moral 'Don't wish to live in another time than your own.'

Sounds like a run through of famous names? It is. Wilson is inept at romantic comedy, and Woody Allen's script is fairly boring for Allen's works. BUT Paris is Gorgeous - and that is enough!

Grady Harp

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The Trip

Author: ex-infernus from India
6 November 2011

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I've almost always been harsh with Woody Allen... Never taken him seriously I must say. But, hes not one to be serious. As far as light- hearted comedies go, this is the vein of many of his other movies.

I had the pleasure of watching this movie on an atypical gloomy, rainy afternoon and it was a really good experience. Everything from the wide- eyed, open-mouthed, kid-in-a-toy-store Owen Wilson, to the hardcore Hemmingway, to the beautiful and confused Marion Coutillard/Adrianna, to the petulant Picasso, to the "what-the-hell-is-he-smoking" Adrian Brody/Dali and the absolute timelessness of Paris at night, was an absolute treat to watch.

This movie left me with a smile on my face and an intense desire to walk in the drizzle. Hope you enjoy it too.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Past, Paris and past Paris. Love reviewed in the rain

Author: bastos-fw from Portugal
30 October 2011

Midnight in Paris is a wonderful work, full of passion and soul. As expected, Woody Allen shows you Paris though the eyes of love, but mostly through they eyes of a nostalgic all time tourist, in Paris.

The direction is wonderful, as is the general acting. In my point of view, Owen Wilson could have done a better work. He often seems more idiotic than lost, and he keeps delivering the lines as he would in any other movie he played.

The plot if really entertaining. It creates the illusion it was intended for, and, although, the ending might seem predictable the conclusions and the message itself is not.

Not one of the best movies, not even one of the best of Woody Allen, but it is what it promises to be, time and place, love and life, questioned and answered wonderfully. If you are looking for a light but good movie to watch, you found it.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A fun, and heartwarming fantasy tale

Author: Gordon-11 from Earth
28 September 2011

This film is about an American writer who travels to Paris with his fiancée. A chance encounter at midnight brings him back to the Paris in the 1920's.

"Midnight in Paris" is very unlike a Woody Allen film, as it lacks the non stop witty dialogs and sarcasm that are normally his trademarks. Still, "Midnight in Paris" is highly intellectual and enjoyable. The way it entertainingly weaves through so many artistic masterminds in a story is quite genius. It gives me the impulse to go and study art history! The cast is magnetic; Owen Wilson breathes life into this confused man, while Adrien Brody is particularly memorable as Salvador Dali. Even Carla Bruni is in the film, which is almost a official recognition by the French that "Midnight in Paris" is a great film.

"Midnight in Paris" might be the most commercial film Woody Allen has made in years. It is a fun, and heartwarming fantasy tale. I am glad that this has translated to box office success.

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