In “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen takes me back to the time I spent roaming the streets of Paris in “Twisted Metal 2.”
Gil(Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter who has grown weary of the Hollywood scene. He’s begun working on a novel, but isn’t really confident in his ability to pull off a real piece of art. Gil travels to Paris with his fiance Inez(Rachel McAdams) and her parents(Kurt Fuller and Mimi Kennedy) to celebrate a merger between her father’s company and a French company.
Gil doesn’t get along with Inez’s parents, he’s always looking for an argument and to make matters worse, Gil and Inez run into Paul and Carol(Michael Sheen and Nina Arianda), a couple they know from home. Gil doesn’t get along with Paul either. To be fair, Paul is a pretentious know-it-all who refuses to admit he’s wrong; going as far as to argue with a tour guide.
Actually, Gil doesn’t seem to get along with anyone. He loves Paris, but no one shares his appreciation for the city’s beauty. He loves walking the streets and dreaming of all the great artists who walked those same streets in the past. Late one night, after a party, Gil decides to walk back to his hotel instead of going dancing with his wife and her friends. While wandering, Gil realizes he’s lost his way so he takes a seat on a stair case. As he sits a bell rings midnight in the distance and a anachronistic car pulls up.
The door opens and a French couple beckons him to enter. Now, personally, I’m not getting into a strange car with anyone after midnight; I don’t care how French the people are. Luckily for the movie, Gil isn’t me. The car takes Gil to what he believes is an elaborate 1920s costume party, but quickly realizes he has actually been transported back to the 1920s. Gil spends the rest of the film jumping back and forth between the past and present visiting some of his heroes and figuring out what is really important to him.
Every performance in “Midnight in Paris” is great. You dislike everyone you’re supposed to dislike and love everyone you’re supposed to love because the film captures Gil’s perspective perfectly. This movie really is a love letter to the city of Paris and a great exploration of the idea that things were better in the past. If you’re the type of person who actually enjoyed a lot of the things you were forced to read in high school, you’ll enjoy “Midnight in Paris.”
A lot of people are freaked out by Woody Allen. I can’t say I blame them, I personally believe he kind of hates women. Most of the movies I’ve seen from him involve a man who’s smart and is well aware of it, but is dating or married to a woman who he feels far superior too except for the fact that she has some sort of emotional control over him. If you have anything against Woody Allen, please set that aside , drink a Full Energy Drink and enjoy.