Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
While many people argue that a film’s location is merely just a backdrop for the story, in the case of Midnight in Paris Paris is a star in its own right and deserves top billing.
Midnight in Paris is a wonderful love letter to a city that has inspired countless generations. The protagonist of the film, Gil (Wilson), is enamoured with the city and dreams of Paris in the 1920s. A screenwriter attempting to write a novel, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are his literary gods.
Gil and his fiance, Ines (McAdams), join her parents on a business trip to the city. In his favourite city with the ghosts of his beloved authors surrounding him, will he be able to ignite his creative spark?
I really, really wanted this film to be brilliant, and I was not disappointed. As Ruth over at Flix Chatter said, it is an enchanting film that is complemented by beautiful scenery. The opening minutes are a montage of Parisian scenes, from its world-famous landmarks to random streets. Paris is one of my favourite cities and those opening minutes brought back many happy memories.
Wilson is a strong leading man and Gil is a very likeable character – I’m sure I could spend many hours chatting away with him. He is ably supported by McAdams and Cotillard, the latter of whom embodied her character perfectly. Such a wonderful film about Paris could not have been complete without a beautiful French woman. Talking of French beauties, the French President’s wife, Carla Bruni, also makes a cameo appearance.
Midnight in Paris is a a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours. While it does fall in the romance category, the real romance lies between Gil and the City of Light.