Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #244 Midnight in Paris

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 at 3:33 AM

Movie #244 Midnight in Paris

(2011, US, d. Woody Allen)

There had to be one. For a summer as flip-floppy as this one has been, there had to be a film that came out on top and in the summer of 2011, it’s kind of weird saying a Woody Allen film was the best thing released. But it was. After almost a decade long drought (save for the incredibly well made Match Point), Woody Allen has gotten the audience back into his movies with this insightful, interesting, quirky, and – dare-I-say-it – magical film that challenges you to not smile the whole way through. Garnering an unexpectedly strong performance from Owen Wilson as a Hollywood writer who thinks he’s a hack (he probably is), Midnight in Paris is about the natural nostalgia we have for the past and our need to learn to live in the present. It’s a film that could only take place is Paris, regardless of the time. I don’t want to give too much of this film away. In fact, don’t finish reading this article at all. The less you know, the better. But I’ll just say that this film is the best this summer had to see. Wonderfully written by Allen and performed by an all-star cast… you know what? I’ll leave it at that.

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