Midnight in Paris

November 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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This was the first movie this year that I loved.  From the first scene to the last, it was visually lush, creative and ponderous.  It would not surprise me if Woody Allen got an Oscar nomination or two for this, his best film since “Bullets Over Broadway.”  The images of Paris and the costumes were beautiful in every scene.  Though the romantic elements were completely predictable, the rest of the story was creative enough that I never knew what to expect.  This film is an excellent example of how magical realism can work well to create depth and foster insight in characters (or directors): I felt like Allen was working out some of his own issues with nostalgia through this film.  My biggest complaint (and it’s a fairly small one) lies with Allen’s tendency to make caricatures of others in order to highlight his own character (played well by Owen Wilson, acting exactly like Woody Allen).  Most of the caricatures in this film worked because they were larger than life, loving caricatures of real people.  However, the fiancé and her parents were shallow, mean-spirited characters who existed only for cheap laughs and to generate sympathy for Wilson.  As good as this film was, it would have been better without them.

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