Midnight in Paris

Nothin’ finer than a Sunday matinee…

Naturally, I LOVED this movie. It’s about Gil, an aspiring novelist, who is visiting Paris with his fiancee and future in-laws. When the clock strikes midnight, he is whisked back in time to hobnob with luminaries of the 1920s- as in: he’s dancing the Charleston with Djuna Barnes, drinking with Ernest Hemingway, and getting his book critiqued by Gertrude Stein.

The cast seem like they had a good time with their characters, both in the modern day (Owen Wilson as Gil, Rachel McAdams as his fiancee, Michael Sheen as her hilariously irritating friend) and the fantastical past (Tom Hiddleston as F Scott Fitzgerald, Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Adrian Brody as Salvador Dalí). I laughed a lot at the affectionate Hemingway jokes (‘Who wants to fight?’ ‘Have you ever shot a bear?’). Oh, and Marion Cotillard is beautiful and mysterious as a flapper muse. Lovely stuff. This may also be the first Woody Allen movie in quite some time where I found the lead character so likable. Gil is foolish, but he is a fool after my own heart.

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