Midnight In Paris

MV5BMTM4NjY1MDQwMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTI3Njg3NA@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_ I rarely write anything on movies but I can't help myself on this one.  Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen's latest film.  Over the past few years I have not really enjoyed his films but this one was like a return to the old Woody Allen.  It was obvious from the line last night waiting to get in to the film that I was not the only other New Yorker excited about this. 

He took Paris, instead of NYC, as the location.  As he has had a love affair with NYC through film for many years he has now done the same thing with Paris.  But the best part is Owen WIlson.  He has embodied Woody Allen.  Woody used to play himself as the title role in his films but this time has used Owen Wilson to be him.  He is fantastic.  You are watching Woody Allen of the past being recreated through Owen Wilson. 

Over the course of the film, Owen Wilson, who is a writer, returns to Paris in the 20's after the clock strikes midnight.  He meets and converses with all the significant writers and artists of those times.  Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Dali, etc.  During the day, he is living in the present with his fiance and her parents wondering if this is making him happy.  Embrace the day not the past is the theme here as well as do something that makes you happy. 

We walked out of the movie smiling and wandered over to a french bistro, Jean Claude on Sullivan street, for dinner.  Had to stay in the moment. 

Looking forward to spending some time in Paris this summer!