Starring Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Léa Seydoux, Tom Hiddleston, Corey Stoll, Kathy Bates
Intelligent. Wonderful. Humorous.
Pure blessed fantasy from perhaps the screen’s greatest comedy writers, Midnight in Paris is one of Woody Allen’s finest. Gil Pender (Wilson) is a would-be novelist turned Hollywood hack vacationing with his self-centered girlfriend, Inez (McAdams), in Paris. Gil, a nostalgia enthusiast, loves Paris and wishes he would have stayed last time he visited, instead of going to Hollywood to write scripts. This time around he wanders into an unexplained time leap that takes him to Paris of the ’20s, where he converses with his heroes Fitzgerald (Hiddleston) and Hemingway (Stoll) among others. He also meets the beautiful mistress of one Pablo Picasso, Adriana (Cotillard), and begins to question what he really wants in life. As someone who looks at the past with rose-colored glasses at times, the film speaks to me, and it’s a source of endless fun to see how many artists and writers you can recognize passing in and out of Gil’s adventure. Lovely to look at, listen to, and imagine, Midnight in Paris is fantastic.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-