Midnight in Paris (2011)

Filed under : comedy, drama, review, romantic

Now, I have to admit – this film was not really on my radar even when I saw the trailer. Honestly, I have not really enjoyed much of Woody Allen’s work in the past. So, I really didn’t think anything of it when it first came out.

Though, it wasn’t until I started reading reviews about the movie that got me interested. And, to my surprise – many of the reviews were positive. So, I decided to check it out – I’m glad I did.

This film is a bit of a comedy and drama type of movie rolled into one. And, I have to admit – very entertaining.

Both Owen Wilson (who plays Gil, the main character) and Rachel McAdams (who plays, Inez, his fiancee) did a great job. Both were very entertaining to watch. And, there were many funny moments between the two throughout the film.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, I really like the scene where she finds him in the hotel room with a present. Very funny, classic scene!)

At the heart of it, this film is really about the possibilities and going beyond what we are handed with in life. Gil is torn between what he is good at and what he really wants to do. Though, Inez feels he should stick with what he is good at (as it is a sure thing) rather than pursuing what he has always wanted to do as it is enters the unknown.

So the movie poses the question, which should one pursue – a life of security of what is known or a life of uncertainty but filled with endless possibilities?

And, this is the question that Gil searches an answer for throughout the film in both the real world and his fantasy world. In his fantasy world, he quickly realizes his heroes are pursuing their passions in life. And, this is exactly what he wants to do – follow his own passions as well.

It was interesting to see both the real world (as Gil lived it) and his fantasy world (as Gil saw it) slowly seem to mesh together as the movie progressed. In a sense, this film explored the possibilities of living out our fantasies in the real world. And, I believe – this is exactly what Allen wanted to portray.

In a way, I think this is a film that we can all relate to. We’ve all had a point in our lives where we’ve had a fantasy and dreams which may not be seen as the most practical thing to do. Though at times we are left to ponder the question, “What if?”

I think this movie really explores that question of  ”what if” and examines the possibilities of pursuing our fantasies and dreams no matter how silly they may sound. And, I found it interesting that Gil finally realized what he had wanted and the reality of his situation in the real world through his conversations with his heroes in the fantasy world. Surprisingly, when he returned to the real world – it was confirmed to be true.

As in many Woody Allen movies, I think his films really try to cater to more of a sophisticated audience. There are many references in the movie to good and popular writers in the past.

So, I think those who will enjoy this movie will be those who have an appreciation for writers and the world of books. Going into the film, I do think it’s more catered to this type of sophisticated audience especially if you’re a writer yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It was very entertaining to watch. Though it had a bit of comedy, I found it really explored some serious issues which really made me think.

If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated film with a bit of comedy, I do recommend this one.

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(Note: For those who have seen the film, I’d be interested to hear your take and insights on it. Thanks for reading!)

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8 Responses to “Midnight in Paris (2011)”

  1. Castor says:

    Glad you enjoyed this Film Gurl! It’s true that it caters to a slightly more literate and sophisticated crowd and that some of the jokes may fly over the head of people who aren’t as inclined to read Hemingway and what not. Nonetheless, it is still a really charming and whimsical film and my favorite of the year so far.
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    • filmgurl says:

      Yes, I think it’s definitely a treat for those who have an appreciation for the world of writing and the arts. Wow, that’s great to hear it’s one of your favorites for the year so far. Thanks for your input! :)

  2. ruth says:

    I too am not a big fan of Woody Allen’s work (nor Owen Wilson’s for that matter) but I’m intrigued by this one. Glad you like it, gurl, I trust your judgment :D
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  3. Msquare says:

    I’m not a big Woody Allen fan, but I heard this movie was pretty good. It kind of reminds me of the Purple Rose of Cairo. I think that the was the title of it.

    • filmgurl says:

      Yes, that’s exactly why I decided to see this one. Of the past Woody Allen films, I can’t really recall one that stood out and had an affect on me. I have not seen Purple Rose of Cairo, I may just have to look into it!

  4. Karen says:

    I like the concept of this movie but I’m not a Woody Allen fan (or Owen Wilson). I still haven’t seen it yet, but eventually I will! And that’s mostly because of Paris.

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