Film Review: Midnight in Paris

| 20 October , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4.5/5

Woody Allen is back in top form with the much talked about Midnight in Paris, which finds an unlikely champion in comedian Owen Wilson.

Wilson plays Gil, the successful Hollywood screenwriter who\’s struggling to break the mould with the next great American novel. He and his fiancée Inez (Rachael McAdams) tag along on her parents\’ business trip to Paris to help him find some much needed inspiration.

While the unsupportive Inez indulges in quality time with her ‘pseudo intellectual\’ acquaintance Paul (brilliantly played by Michael Sheen), Gil walks the streets of Paris by night searching for remnants of the city that stirred his literary heroes. Gil\’s Paris is the small bars and dark streets of the Fitzgerald\’s, Hemingway, and Eliot whereas Inez is more interested in fine dining and shopping excursions. Not exactly the key ingredients for a romantic getaway in the city of love.

Perfectly timed, deliciously witty, and utterly charming Midnight in Paris is the film we have been waiting for Allen to get back to making for years. The trailers have kept the best part of this film under wraps and Allen\’s latest offering is a treat for an unassuming audience, and a delicacy for literary and cultural or art-history enthusiasts.

Wilson is unexpectedly perfect as the Californian hack, so consumed by a romanticised past he\’s unable to fully appreciate the present. In fact a wonderful cast of the who\’s who in cinema make this film beyond enjoyable to watch. Cotillard gives such a warm performance that it\’s as just as easy for the audience to fall in love with her as it is for the other characters.

A mature, intelligent comedy with that certain je ne sais quoi: Midnight in Paris is a must see.

Midnight in Paris is in Cinemas today.


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