Midnight in Paris (2011)

mp’s rating: 3.5/5

In one word? Again, artsy.

However, the movie is worth a thumb up for the extraordinary story that it brings. But if you are not a fan of the 1920s, of history, of art, of Paris, of drama movie, and of a long story plot, you might not want to go and see this one.

Midnight in Paris has a number of famous cast members, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Adrien Brody. The acting is good, especially for the ones playing the people from 1920s.

Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams), who are engaged, are on a trip to Paris, for Inez’s father’s business trip. Gil then falls in love with Paris, and thinking to move to Paris permanently. An ex-Hollywood actor and now a new writer, Gil always dreams to see Paris in its most glorious days, which is in the 1920s. Inez, however, is like any rich modern girl in the world, she cares about dancing, drinking, and shopping more.

Feeling that his writing is not good enough, and that Inez doesn’t really support him as a writer, Gil feels like escaping the reality. He brings his manuscript to Paris, but hasn’t found anyone that he trust enough to read it.

Then after meeting Inez’s friend, Paul, accidentally, Gil feels even more intimidated, because Paul is everything that Gil is not – romantic, knowledgeable, a famous lecturer – and Paul knows his history, telling each piece’s story while they go from  museums to art galleries.

Gil has the fantasy that Paris is most beautiful when it’s raining at night. One night, after the bell stroke midnight (no, he didn’t turn into Cinderella), one ancient car pulled off in front of him, and he got in. It turned out that the car takes him to the place that he dreams about – Paris in 1920s. What unfolds next you must see for yourself.

If you don’t know your history, I suggest you start reading them now before you see this movie. From Ernest Hemmingway (the famous American writer about war), Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald (other famous writers), Gertrude Stein (another writer), Pablo Picasso (you must know who this is), TS Elliot (a poet), to Salvador Dali (painter), among others.

Cinematography is wonderful, and it captures the beauty of Paris.

Note that my friend (male) slept a couple of times throughout the movie. Even though the genre says romantic comedy, I don’t think that it’s romantic comedy, it’s more towards drama. Well, it’s a bit romantic, yes, but the message imparted is not about love. The message imparted is about being yourself, love your present, and the grass on your neighbour’s side might not always be greener.

Conclusively, it is indeed an artsy movie, and if you don’t like an artsy movie, you won’t like this one, that simple.


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