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!

Comments (Archived):

  1. Ajay Mehta

    Really excited to see this. Late-period Woody is pretty hard to watch (in general), but I love Owen and Paris. Adrien Brody makes a cameo as Dali? Ridiculous.There’s a great review on Slate, too: http://www.slate.com/id/229…

    1. Gotham Gal

      Brody as Dali is classic. This movie is like the Woody movies we grew tolove

  2. VectorBloom

     I just watched the trailer, can’t wait to see this! How could anyone who loves the arts resist talking about this one. On a side note, I think this summer is going to be great for movies. ; )

    1. Gotham Gal

      let’s hope it is a good summer for movies. the last few have terrible. ihave definitely seen some good previews.

      1. VectorBloom

        Is Mary Cassatt played by anyone?

        1. Gotham Gal

          i don’t remember.

  3. awaldstein

    It’s on my list for this week.There’s a breezy chattiness that make the place a character that is Woody at his best. Since Paris is my second fav city, I’m ready.BTW, watched Annie Hall and Manhattan recently and they still hold together for me as fresh, infused with pleasant ‘schictness’ that’s like a pop song that you can’t stop humming.

    1. Gotham Gal

      paris is definitely my second fave city too

  4. Laura Yecies

    The question will be if I can succeed in convincing my husband to go (of course I could go alone…)We both love the “old” Woody Allen then he sat through too many of the recent movies that I dragged him to and I lost some credibility.  

    1. Gotham Gal

      For what its worth, my husband loved it

      1. Laura Yecies

        good to know!

  5. Jill

    When I went to see it-the whole audience clapped at the end and everyone was smiling and in awe of the city of lights.  The movie makes you fall in love with Paris-some of the shots of the city are breathtaking.   I just love it there.