Midnight In Paris (2011) Flash Review

Midnight In Paris
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson; Rachel McAdams; Corey Stoll; Kathy Bates; Marion Cotillard; Tom Hiddleston; Alison Pill.
Plot: While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris was a 6 time Academy Award nominee and the winner of “best screenplay” at the annual cinema awards. It was also the first Woody Allen movie to make over $100million worldwide. With that in mind, and a stellar cast to boot, I guess I was expecting just a little more from the King of understatement this time… Just this once.

As far as the performances go, I would like to credit Rachel McAdams with being impressive as an incredibly “bitchy” and spoiled woman of the upper class who did everything under the Sun to ensure she was hated. Beyond that, Tom Hiddleston’s performance was shallow in comparison to that of his counterpart Alison Pill, and the appearances of the likes of Adrien Brody were cameos that seemed only to fill time, while often being overplayed. As for Wilson, it may be just me, but I find it hard to attach myself to Wilson as an actor. The way he portrays characters is often as upbeat as in this picture, but I rarely feel anything towards him and his success when he plays a character. That didn’t change with this picture and, as a result, I felt a level of disconnect that I’m sure can’t have only effected me.

All in all, it was sweet, and truly had heart. Sure, it was self involved and a bit slow to take off, but what did you expect from a Woody Allen picture? My advice is this: Watch it if you want to experience a different film with excellent writing; don’t watch it if you’re looking for the rom-com it’s been so often advertised as.

Verdict: 14/24

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