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Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris: Witty Woody Allen Rom-Com

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Midnight in Paris: Witty Woody Allen Rom-Com

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.

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Director Woody Allen originally attempted to shoot the film in Paris in 2006, but abandoned the project because it was too expensive.

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