Midnight in Paris 2011

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A romantic comedy about a family travelling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Starring:
Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Alison Pill, Owen Wilson
Director Woody Allen
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 6 March 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wright on 8 April 2014
Format: DVD
A beautiful fantasy based around the idea of living in 'The Golden Age', and learning to live in the present, while looking back at the past.

I admittedly haven't seen many of Woody Allen's films, but after watching this it has urged me to watch many more. It is a charming and funny film, that works on it's simplicity.

It is wittily written, and perfectly paced.

It doesn't ever feel the need to go into unnecessary details over the science of the time travel, except that it's Paris. And it doesn't surprise them.

There is a romance to the film, even though there is not always a romance on the screen. The presence of Paris is enough, coupled with the orange ambience that fills every night scene. It oozes love and romance.

The performances are enjoyable to watch also. Owen Wilson reminded me that he can actually act, after watching one of his worst performances in 'The Internship'. There are also some fun cameos and supporting characters, such as Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali.

There is nothing that wrong with the film, except that it just didn't blow me away. But it didn't need to.

It is a brilliant piece of escapism.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Baird on 23 July 2012
Format: DVD
Have only just watched Midnight in Paris but feel moved to give a few impressions after a first viewing. There's an awful lot one could say about this movie, as in spite of its lightness and easy going charm there's a lot going on here. Firstly, I really enjoyed it and Owen Wilson was perfect in the lead role as the American abroad, slightly disaffected, sad, romantic, and yearning for something lost, yet deprecatingly funny and ironic. He's always been a wonderful comic actor with a natural and unforced subtlety, and here he plays the Woody cipher to great and touching effect. Allen's love of early jazz and his great clarinet hero Sidney Bechet gives the opening a wonderful lift-off to the exhilarating sound of genius against the images of the City of Light, an intoxicating blend of sound and vision. The dream sequence begins beautifully with Wilson 'lost' and slightly drunk at night in the city, with more than a hint of the washed up writer Joseph Cotten (The Third Man) about him. The magnificent vision of the 1920's Peugot sweeping up in front of him takes us into a 'Gatsbyesque' haut-monde of the expatriated Americans in Paris. Although the film doesn't have as many laughs as classic Allen, it is in these early dream scenes where Wilson gets to deliver his funniest lines. The joke about Djuna Barnes was just one wonderfully comic moment, and Wilson is so adept at Woody's style of humour.

The film does have some weaknesses; the director does tend to overpack his suitcase with perhaps a few too many literary and artistic characters (We really didn't need Gaugin and Degas as well), and there are too many unfeasibly good looking women abounding on screen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan Redford on 1 May 2014
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Without doubt, the finest and most original Woody Allen film scripts of all. Set in Paris, it is also beautifully filmed. I would have no problem seeing this film again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2015
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I have never been a great woody Allen fan and as such I generally avoid films in which he acts or directs. However after a recent visit to Paris one of my friends pointed out a number of areas where this film was set. Intrigued I bought the film when I returned home I found it rather entertaining. I love the idea of time travel and Owen Wilson acts out his part very well. I must admit I did not know that so many artists lived in Paris in 1920s and 30s and after watching the film I did do a bit of research and found that indeed Ernest Hemingway, Robert Capa and many others did live in Paris at the same time.

This is a very easy film to watch and I enjoyed it. I would have preferred a better ending but all in all well worth viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2015
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So, ok. You want to watch a Woody Allen film, but you're not sure which one. Mighty Aphrodite, with its oddly supernatural-imbued ethos, or maybe Manhattan, because it's so evocative. But then there's Hannah and Her Sisters, with that great scene with Michael Caine. But isn't all this a bit too serious and (maybe) even depressing? Are you sure you're not overthinking this one? I mean, how can you know?

If you're in a dilemma, then Midnight in Paris may well be the one to watch, because it's got almost all of the hallmark Woody Allen ingredients, only more so. Owen Wilson gets the character that Allen would have played, if only he were still young enough, absolutely right. There's the set-piece argument with the Republican, the feelings of intellectual inferiority, the oppressive fiancée, the yet more oppressive mother-in-law to be, the romance that could have been so much more, and, finally, the pay-off, where Allen/Wilson meets the manic-pixie-dream-girl who perfectly fits his personality.

All of these are great things, but it's the involuntary time-travel riff which really makes this film hum. Allen has experimented with time travel before, of course, but in this film his alter-ego gets to meet more of his heroes than even Bill and Ted do in their extraordinary adventure.

This is a maturer film than many. In the earlier Allen, his main character's weaknesses are exposed and exploited, and the protagonist is so often left with only might-have-beens. Perhaps Manhattan Murder Mystery was the turning point, but this one takes it right to its conclusion.
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