Film of the Day – Midnight In Paris (2011) Dir. Woody Allen

Synopsis: Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents’ business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil’s daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he’s about to marry.

Quote: Ernest Hemingway – “If it’s bad, I’ll hate it. If it’s good, then I’ll be envious and hate it even more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.”

What I love about it: [SPOILERS] Woody Allen is notorious for his films being very hit or miss, but who can blame the guy when he writes and directs a new on every single year. He had been on a streak of bad movies in most peoples eyes since 2005’s Match Point, which many thought would be his return to classic Woody, however that never came to be. Instead we got a few more years of not so great films of his, that is until Midnight In Paris. What seemed like a film sure to be a another stinker, actually ended up being one of his very best films. Nobody knew too much about it beforew going in as the trailers and synopsis were purposely selective in what they revealed. It seemed as though it would be another comedy/drama about a couple set within a new European country for Woody to explore. We were so wrong though. What followed was a love letter to 1920’s Paris as Owen Wilson meets all of the greats of the time, from Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway to Salvador Dali. Each performed by a different star and all so wonderfully. Sure it is implausible, but that’s not an issue at all here. It is a very fun film and also absolutely hilarious. Paris has never looked better and you walk out of it with the biggest smile on your face. It was my favourite film of last year and I have already seen it multiple times since.

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