My husband and I don’t get out to the movie theater often. With the sky-high price of tickets and the exorbitantly overpriced concessions, we don’t mind as much waiting for the films to come to cable (which is a splurge, too!). So when we found ourselves flipping through channels the other night, a recent Woody Allen film caught our attention. Out came the popcorn; we dimmed the lights and settled into our twin recliner sofa to be transported and entertained, and we weren’t disappointed.
Midnight in Paris (2011) is a light, romantic comedy about Gil (Owen Wilson), a young Hollywood screenwriter who dreams of becoming a novelist. When Gil comes to Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) and her parents, he falls in love with the City of Light and imagines himself settling there and leaving Hollywood behind, to live the life of a writer. When his dream is met with criticism and discouragement from his fiancée, her family and friends, Gil discovers acceptance and support from an unlikely, source: 1920s Paris (the era Gil idealizes) comes alive for Gil at the stroke of midnight, and the famous writers and artists of that time emerge to meet and embrace him. The result is a magical, transforming (if unexplainable) experience for Gil, guiding his thoughts, emotions, and life decisions.
If you like the idea of time travel (as I do), romantic notions of Paris, past and present, French accents and music, and a charming 94 minute escape, you’ll enjoy Midnight in Paris. It’s a simple plot – nothing heavy about it. The all-star cast is fun to watch; Marion Cotillard, as always, is captivating. And the vibrant colors and French locations are exhilarating. If you want a quick getaway that will make you feel good, check out Midnight in Paris.
Another favorite “French” romantic comedy I’d like to recommend is French Kiss (1995). Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline are hilariously engaging, making this film a fun escape as well!