Midnight in Paris details
|Starring:||Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Alison Pill, Adrien Brody|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Studio:||WARNER BROS. PICTURES|
|Collections:||Chick Flicks, March - Action/Comedy, Our Favourites, Pay-per-view, Romance Films, The Best of Marion Cotillard|
Midnight in Paris
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Mar 2012|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Woody Allen's latest is a return to form, with a stellar cast included.
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The Paris of your dreamsBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 20 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]With the opening shots of a touristy Paris I groaned inwardly at the prospect of Woody in travelogue mode. I soon realised that this was a little Woody joke at our expense. He has recently given us London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky, Christina, Barcelona) so why not use Paris? The subsequent 90 minutes were a delight of time travel back to the Paris of the 1920s to meet such luminaries as Hemingway, Picasso, Bunuel and Dali. Not all these cameos work equally well. Never mind, the whole project is so imbued with delightful humour that we dont mind the odd creaky characterisation. Our esteemed director brings a classy intelligence to this tale and we get a suitably critical view of the behaviours of rich, right-wing Americans using Paris as a playground. No wonder Woody has actors queuing up to appear in his little fables; he gives them such great lines. Highly recommended.
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Allen on formBy Ksai (1 review) , 09 Feb 2013Woody Allen's best film for some time, gently whimsical and enjoyable. It's a fantasy about revisiting Paris at its artistic peak. Loved the Bunuel gag.
It's getting lateBy gnlincoln (14 reviews) , 09 Feb 2013Woody Allens Midnight in Paris is a true delight. Owen Wilson is a screenwriter, visiting Paris with his American fiancée and her gruesome parents and grappling with his unfinished first novel. He is clearly ill at ease and increasingly unsure about his life and his forthcoming marriage. Walking back to his hotel alone and late at night he is, like Cocteaus Orpheus, invited into a mysterious limo and whisked off to life-changing events. Like Manhattan thirty years before, Midnight in Paris opens with a loving homage to a great city but while, then, the crackling, high-energy, black and white New York was accompanied by Gershwin and a wise-cracking Allen monologue, now the soft summer colours of Paris, with Sidney Bechet on the soundtrack, create from the outset a wistful, elegiac mood. If Manhattan reflected a writer and director full of confidence in his own skill at the height of his powers, Midnight in Paris, despite the easy elegance of its writing and direction and an unconvincingly upbeat conclusion about living in the present, deals with doubt, the fascinating allure of the past and the uncertain future. With his blond good looks, Wilson is an unlikely Allen-surrogate but proves an excellent mimic of Woody mannerisms and speech patterns and a warm presence at the centre of the film, gradually coming to terms with the extraordinary situation in which he finds himself and, inevitably, falling in love. Midnight in Paris is not a great film, perhaps, compared to Manhattan, but one which catches a notion, that nostalgia may be a trap for those with a future but a great, warm bath for those whose future is mostly behind them, all the more poignant in the light of Wilsons documented past struggle with depression and when we realise that Allen is now not far off 80.
Typical Allen--wonderful!By LH74 (6 reviews) , 30 Jan 2013It does help to be a Woody Allen fan to fully appreciate this film. The acting is distinctly Allenesque with Owen Wilson in a role Allen himself would have played twenty years earlier. The concept is interesting--how we all wish we were born in another time that we perceive to be more exciting than our own. In Wilson's case (and Allen's, I'm sure), 1920s Paris at the it's literary and artistic peak. Well...who wouldn't want to chat with Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Dali! Superb!
Disappointing rubbishBy a customer , 30 Jan 2013Chose this film on the strength of the cast and it sounded interesting. Forgot how much I didn't like Woody Allen films though. Failed to enjoy it or get involved (a bit daft) at all. Didn't watch to the end although fast forwarded to see what outcome of it all was having invested 45 minutes into seeing beginning. Not for me.
Paris in the rainBy a customer , 28 Jan 2013This is ok a gentle quite clever film its all about the walking in the rain in Paris why not use a brolly?