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Friday 6 April 2012

VIEWED: Midnight in Paris

My recommendation for this one was...

"Who's getting sick of Owen Wilson's pouty, whiny, sensitive guy character that he plays in, um, every movie?! With particular sensitivity to his off-screen personal fragility, his on-screen presence is getting so tired.

The whole Paris "magic" after midnight seems fun, though. The grass is always greener message (on vacation) is part of the fantasy of travel. Something every traveller has felt. I'm just not sure if I can watch Owen Wilson deliver what could potentially be a fun and thought provoking message."

Woody Allen cast the right person for the lead role.  Owen Wilson's character, Gil, was the pouty, whiny, sensitive guy character that Owen Wilson plays in every movie.  This time, however, it worked.

Midnight in Paris was an entertaining, clever dialogue driven film with a great "fantasy" cast of artists from the 1920's.  The actors playing them, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali, Tom Hiddlston and Alison Pill as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Cory Stoll as Ernest Hemmingway and all the others, were highly entertaining and very charming.

I'm glad I saw this film and glad that Owen Wilson didn't ruin it for me.  Woody Allen clearly knows what he's doing... in film making, I mean. 

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