Midnight In Paris (12A)



Comedy (2011)
94mins Sp/US

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson, Carla Bruni, Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates
Director: Woody Allen
Writer(s): Woody Allen
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Hollywood screenwriter Gil is contemplating giving up his life behind the film cameras to pen his first novel. His beautiful fiancee, Inez, supports him but her well-to-do parents are dismissive of the change in career, expecting Gil to fall at the first draft. Whilst holiday in Paris with his insufferable friend Paul, who pretends to be a font of knowledge about everything, Gil takes a wrong turn down a side street and is magically transported back to the 1920s.

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Midnight in Paris

Following his European jaunts around England and Spain, writer-director Woody Allen says bonjour to Paris for his new romantic comedy, his 41st movie...

Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen and Nina Arianda in Midnight in Paris. Copyright: (C) 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. Photo Credit: Photography by Roger Arpajou.Disillusioned Hollywood screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) is contemplating giving up his life behind the film cameras to fulfil his literary aspirations and pen his first novel, after jetting out to the Parisian capital on holiday with beautiful fiancee Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her conservative parents (Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy). But he faces doubt from his other half as well as his in-laws-to-be, who disapprove of his decision and dismiss his dreams as frivolous. "You're in love with a fantasy," she says, to which he replies: "I'm in love with you." The couple has a random encounter with Inez's former crush Paul (Michael Sheen), an obnoxious intellectual who pretends to be a know-it-all, and his wife Carol (Nina Arianda).

One night, when Paul offers to take Inez dancing, Gil takes the opportunity to escape and winds up down a side street after taking a wrong turn. When midnight strikes, he gladly accepts a lift from a stopping car full of drunken Frenchmen, only to discover it has magically transported him back to the 1920s. There, he hobnobs with the cultural icons of the era including F Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and his wife and muse, Zelda (Allison Pill), shares a drink with Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), and discusses philosophy with Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody). He even hands over his novel to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) and meets Cole Porter (Yves Heck). Swept up by the nostalgia and romanticism of yesteryear, Gil returns for his fix night after night, and romances Picasso's latest muse Adriana (Marion Cotillard), intent that Inez is having an affair with Paul.

Owen Wilson, Corey Stoll and Kathy Bates in Midnight in Paris. Copyright: (C) 2011 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. Photo Credit: Photography by Roger Arpajou.Opening with an extended montage of Parisian sights in the rain against a jazz background, Allen's latest offering is full of nostalgia. While it may lack the satisfaction of previous films Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Manhattan, it's Allen at his sentimental best. Wilson, McAdams et al look lustrous in the city d'amour but it's invariably the 1920s sequences, which really catch the eye, exuding a sense of style that will never go out of fashion. Much like Allen.

- Jo Planter


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