January 3rd: Midnight in Paris

Midnight_in_Paris_PosterRelease Date: 2011
Director: Woody Allen
Why I picked this: Lack of exposure to Woody Allen

Truth be told, I was struggling for the first ten minutes or so wondering why people love this film, but I eventually fell victim to its charm. “Midnight in Paris,” carried by the underrated Owen Wilson, is ultimately a movie about nostalgia, and the yearning for “better years” before us. It’s a movie about love and art. But it also functions well as a moving postcard of the city of Paris. Some of the scenery shots made me want to jump into the picture. It’s a bizarre plot, with Wilson’s character constantly traveling to decades past,¬†inexplicably, but we never question the logic of this plot device. Like Owen Wilson, we simply go along for the ride and fall in love with the city and the great minds that inhabited it long ago. Stand outs from the Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway, who has my favorite bit of dialogue from the movie, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali in one of the funnier scenes of the movie. Marion Cotillard is great as lovely Adriana, and Rachel McAdams is effective as Owen Wilson’s bitchy fiancee.

Woody Allen is successful in making the audience feel how he wants them to feel. You fall in love with the movie as much as Owen Wilson falls in love with the city.

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