Monday, August 8, 2011

Midnight in Paris, 2011

Directed by Woody Allen
Written by Woody Allen
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

This is a charming movie and Woody Allen shows off Paris in the manner his charming manner. For anyone fond of the nineteen-twenties and the arts at that time, it's particularly amusing. It's a pleasant and at-times delightful picture. It has its problems, but they're exactly what one can expect from a Woody Allen movie, so they're pretty easy to forgive.

Owen Wilson deports himself well as the Allen stand-in, doing a workmanlike job of making the part his own (though Allen's voice feels ever-present as he speaks). Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, and Michael Sheen all successfully play grating and unlikeable characters, much to their credit (though these characters highlight the shortcomings in the script). All the actors in the 'twenties are a pleasure to watch, with Corey Stoll as Hemingway standing out among them.

And, of course, it looks great.

Midnight in Paris at IMDB.

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