I don’t like romantic movies. I avoid the genre entirely. They’re boring and have essentially the same storyline. But with my recent viewing of Midnight in Paris it seems I now have some tolerance for the genre. In short, I enjoyed the film immensely.
Midnight in Paris is the story of an engaged couple, Gil and Inez (Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams respectively) who travel to Paris for a vacation before their marriage. There Gil, a self proclaimed “hack” and a writer stuck with Hollywood scripts and an unfinished novel, roams around the city one night and is picked up by a carriage when the clock strikes midnight. But this ride seems to alter time as Gil realizes that he has ended up in Paris in the ’20s. I’ll stop without giving away too much although most of you have probably seen the movie by now as it was released almost exactly a year back.
I have never been a fan of Owen Wilson and the movie did not much change my opinion of him. However the people he meets in the ’20s era laid out some great performances especially Kathy Bates, Corey Stoll and Marion Cotillard. And a hilarious cameo from Adrien Brody who likes “rhinocerous!”. I thought Marion Cotillard’s acting was truly great. She stole every minute she was on screen. Her lines were greatly written and she delivered them exactly as they should have been.
Another great thing is how much the movie, or rather the director, is in love with Paris much like the protagonist. There are many shots of the city’s beauty combined with some great jazz throughout the film. It really adds to the movie.
By the end you realize how much the film has changed and how much your perception of the characters has changed. Even the characters develop throughout the film. Woody Allen fully utilises the length of the film and keeps you interested at each turn. In the end, this is a movie that is great for anyone who loves movies, books and Paris.