When I first saw Midnight In Paris, the one facet that amazed me the most was the cinematography. It was incredibly beautiful as it showed how Paris really is, magical. The opening montage can be watched over and over as it beautifully shows the varied delights of Paris. It is easily one of the best Woody Allen films in the recent past. A lot of people have never really seen Owen Wilson in this kind of a role, but the fact is that not only does he make it work, he makes his character completely convincing.
The plot of the movie has elements of fantasy which makes it a little different from the usual romantic comedy. The movie succeeds with its wonderful sense of humour, characters that are so likable and a city that has a mystical persona. The performances are delightful, and Darius Khondji (Director Of Photography) manages to portray the different eras with ease. A particular highlight is the scene where Wilson’s character enters 1920 and meets the literary greats of the era. It is captured with innocence and a sense of playfulness that is alluring.
Essential to the flow of the film is Wilson’s mind. Is it real? Is it imaginary? The point is that Allen has left it for us to decide, which is a wonderful thing. It clearly shows how we like to romanticize the past. Would you like to be in a different era, the era you consider to be the ‘Golden Age’? Since I am familiar with the artists and the writers shown it was memorable for me to see those great people being brought to life. If you do not like that era you may not enjoy the film as much as I did. The ending left me feeling satisfied with the film. With this effort Allen has taken us on ride that is heartfelt and fun. Sometimes, that is all we want from a film.
Until next time, bye.