Movie Title: Midnight in Paris
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
Gil (Owen Wilson) is a Hollywood screen writer visiting Paris who is intent on becoming a writer. He has penned his first novel, but isn’t sure it is good enough to publish. He is also planning his wedding with his lovely fiancee Inez. Inez (Rachel McAdams) and Gil do not see eye to eye on very much. It is hard to imagine how they got together to begin with. Inez comes from an ultra conservative family that looks down on Gil while Gil wants to move to Paris and live a more Bohemian lifestyle. Gil is nostalgic for better times held in the past and considers the golden age of Paris to have been the 1920s.
After a sorry day out with Inez and her obnoxious friend Paul, (Michael Sheen) Gil decides to walk the streets of Paris where he is promptly taken into a car and transported to the 1920s. In the past he runs into a whole array of characters ranging from Pablo Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo) to F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and his lovely wife Zelda (Alison Pill) to Ernest Hemingway. He is able to pass his writing on to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) who gives him a critique of his work.
He also falls in love with Adriana (Marion Cotillard) who changes the way he sees his life with Inez. He realizes that she is the one for him and wishes to rush back into the past to see her. The magical realism of the movie is wonderfully refreshing. The acting is superb with many small roles and the setting is gorgeous.
Midnight in Paris captured my imagination completely. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Early Man (2018)