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Midnight in Paris (2011)

All that Jazz

Midnight in Paris

Cast:Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams

Director: Woody Allen

Now this is strictly for buffs who seriously grew on weed of cinema or literature or paintings or music or any other such toxics called art that give them the kicks.  They will be perfect ones to understand the thrill of meeting the literary celebrities in person making their jaws drop and get the true meaning of word ‘nostalgia’. That is the theme of Woody Allen’s charming little new film Midnight in Paris where the successful Hollywood screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson putting on shoes to play the iconic Woody character) gets transported to the Paris of 1920s every midnight.

Gil calls himself hack who churns out money making biz movies (good but forgettable) who is now giving literature an actual shot. Working on novel who protagonist works in nostalgia shop. He is on trip to Paris with his fiancé Inez (sexy Rachel McAdams). They meet Inez’s friends, a pompous irritatingly know-it-all Paul (Michael Sheen) and his wife Carol. One night after getting drunk Gil abandons Paul and Inez co. to stroll around Paris, gets lost and then clock strikes midnight. Suddenly he is now in Paris of twenties where a vintage car picks him up for destination of his lifetime. This delightful turn makes him meet gallery of great artists in the course of movie, well, in flesh and blood. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald,  Earnest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, the surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali.  Naturally this becomes his every night routine while Inez continues to spend time with Paul and Carol whom she appreciates more. To complicate Gil’s love life he bumps into art groupie Adriana (Marion Cotillard) who he falls in love with.

Woody Allen has this reputation where he was more interested in darker, cynical side of humanity. Often his comedies even the most famous ones (Annie Hall for example) end on tragic note. Match Point is another black hearted drama. But once in a while he gets out makes a movie where purpose is nothing more than having a good time.  Midnight in Paris is just that. Pure comedy. Full of romantic ideas. An escape. A science fiction where the central conceit is never explained. And no one really cares. We just love hanging out with these characters. City of literature, art, drinking and all that jazz. Escape in this fantasy you all.