Midnight in Paris | Filmed in France Movie of the Year

I’ve never really been a Woody Allen fan. While I’ve appreciated his accomplishments, both as a filmmaker and as a musician, his films never knocked my socks off; at least, not until now.

“Midnight in Paris” could very well have been titled “Love Letter to Paris,” because that is exactly what it is. Main character Gil Pender’s (Owen Wilson as the Woody Allen surrogate) love and enthusiasm for the City of Light is contagious, especially if Paris already has a special place in your heart.

To say the film is gorgeous is an inadequate description, at best.  There were moments where I was actually moved to tears. Paris is a visually magical place, and cinematographer Darius Khondji captures that magic throughout the movie, as does Allen’s script and Wilson’s portrayal of a man hopelessly smitten with one of the most beautiful places on earth.

This is a hard film to review without giving away a few spoilers, so to be brief here’s what you really need to know:

  • If you love Paris, you’ll love this movie.
  • If you like Woody Allen, you’ll love this movie.
  • If you can’t stand Woody Allen, but you love Paris, you will not only love this movie, but you’ll start to like Woody a little bit, too.
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