Imagine what would happen if visiting the past was possible; not in the time machine kind of way but rather in a whimsical, dreamlike sequence that raises many questions about our perception of the past.

This is more or less what Midnight in Paris is about, a film that is as picturesque and Parisian as Woody Allen’s work can get, which, as expected, has its share of tricks in the viewer's mind through its unusual set of characters against the backdrop of the magical city of Paris.

When soon-to-be-married Inez (McAdams) and author Gil (Wilson) decide to join her parents on their business trip to Paris, they come to realizations that could end their relationship. Besides falling in love with the city, Gil encounters adventures where he least expects them: after midnight. He finds himself transferred to Paris of the 1920s where he meets timeless artists that give him countless inspirations for his writing as well as aspirations for a life that he’s always dreamed of.

If it hadn’t been clearly stated that it is a scripted film, audiences could have easily believed that the dialogues are improvised as the characters speak so effortlessly and spontaneously. The actors are clever choices for their roles, and the dialogue itself is exceptional. Wilson meets characters of the past so naturally; that the whole situation doesn't feel forced or pretentious; as if Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway are people that we could run into any day.

One thing that might upset Allen’s fans is that it Midnight in Paris looks a bit 'too Hollywood' compared to the director’s previous films. On the other hand, if more romantic comedies take after this film, it would be safe to say that the genre is heading in the right direction.

Midnight in Paris takes romantic comedies to a whole new sophisticated level. For one thing, it is set in the most romantic city, Paris. Furthermore, the film is both witty and ironic, making the audience laugh without using obvious jokes. There isn't one boring moment throughout the film; it keeps intriguing and fascinating the viewer.