Monday, May 23, 2011

Midnight In Paris is Très Manifique!

By Sir Jasper Barone, Top Critic
Shropshire, United Kingdom

Most American dogs just don’t get it. Sure, New York City has a certain energy to it. Parts of California have nice weather. But bloody hell! Your whole country isn’t even a quarter century old yet! Just face it. You may think you know a thing or two about charm. But trust this ol’ hound when I tell you – nothing you have stateside can measure up to the majesty of grand ol’ Paris.

If you don’t believe me, just go check out Woody Allen’s latest tour de “france”, Midnight in Paris. Sure, this film is chock full of A-list American actors turning in inspired performances, but the real star of the movie is the city of lights herself. When struggling writer Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) accompanies his uptight fiancée and her parents on vacation, he spends his first days yearning for the fantasy Paris experience – café living, rubbing elbows with art and literary greats, walks in the rain, the whole works. Luckily for us, he gets his wish almost immediately! At the stroke of midnight each night, he is magically transported to 1920’s Paris, in the company of a ragtag group of pals including, F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Picasso, Dali, and more. It’s no surprise that he spends his mornings questioning why he has to return to the present at all!

Woody Allen does a tremendous job of immersing the viewer in Gil’s nighttime adventures – those scenes he has to spend in the modern, daylight hours are positively painful. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting the sounds of the clock striking twelve. This film is sure to be a welcome treat for any Francophiles, romantics, literary types, amateur sculptors, or wannabe ex-pats. In the same way that Vicky Cristina Barcelona had you yearning for the Spanish countryside, you’ll be equally rushing to book that one-way ticket with Air France. So go ahead; say "au revoir" to summer’s heavy handed action blockbusters, and "bonjour" to a roaring good time.

Wags: 4/5


  1. You are all about 2 of my favorite things - dogs and movies. Brilliant! Glad to have found you through Blog Paws. Please check us out if you get a chance:

  2. That makes me so happy to hear. I love Paris, and I love Woody Allen's work, and I've been looking forward to this one. Thanks!!!


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