Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard
Written and Directed by Woody Allen
The movie gods are in full swing right before Christmas and as some of the finer films of the year hit the theatre some are also hitting video stores across the city of Toronto. This new release Tuesday brings one of the highlights of the summer to our shelves on DVD & Blu-Ray from writer/director Woody Allen. Out today from our friends at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, it’s time to experience “Midnight In Paris”.
“Midnight In Paris”takes us into the lives of Gil (Wilson) and Inez (McAdams) as they travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a struggling writer and falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s were the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but farther from the woman he’s about to marry.
As a part of his recent European renaissance of the past few years; Woody has made it to the infamous city of lights, Paris. With his love letter to the French capital this tale of nostalgia that sparks the imaginative energy that the city has and still holds over people is simply enchanting. With the ace cinematography of Darius Khondji, Paris comes alive as a character in and of itself fitting right alongside Allen’s charmingly crisp script that reminds us not only of cherishing what is behind us but in embracing what makes us happy that is right in front of us and is not only his most heartfelt, but probably the funniest Woody Allen movie we’ve had in years.
Owen Wilson was pitch perfect essentially playing the Woody Allen part without being too imitative and as our guide through this fanciful world of inspiration and imagination it didn’t matter if it was real or not we simply wanted to enjoy his journey. The supporting cast full of richly literary or artistic characters depicted by fine actors like Adrien Brody and Kathy Bates simply added depth to the fanciful journey that we are on with Gil. Marion Cotillard as the muse truly embodied the romantic and inspirational aspects that Allen was trying to convey in his tale. Only McAdams was the weak link as the fiancé, but essentially playing the role of the straight man didn’t get her much to do other than be the foil to Wilson’s character.
At the end of the day “Midnight In Paris” is a charming romantic farce that will make you want to book a flight to Paris and is probably Woody Allen’s most accessible film in years since it works just as well on the small screen as it does on the big one.
4 out of 5 stars.
“Midnight In Paris” is available today at video stores across Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer stores near you. It’s also still playing at the Carlton cinemas here in downtown Toronto, click here for show times.
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