Here is a surprise for you: I don’t like Woody Allen. I don’t like his whining, I don’t like the fact that he is a morally bankrupt pervert and for the most part, I don’t like his movies. However, I saw the preview for Midnight in Paris and it looked funny. I really like Owen Wilson so even though I felt bad about giving stupid perverts my money, I decided this was a valid exception. My wife refused to go, so I even had to go by myself.
And I was right. Midnight in Paris is a very good movie. Not laugh out loud funny, but quirky and witty kind of funny. You can see the details of the plot here. Hemingway (Corey Stoll) is just awesome (“who wants to fight!”) and the little scene with Adrien Brody was pure genius.
To be clear, this is no groundbreaking movie or even a classic of any sort; it’s just a pretty good and entertaining one. I think that having Owen Wilson playing the Woody character instead of the pervert himself kind of cleared the way for a lighter and much more enjoyable movie. The message of the movie is also a good one: how people can easily get absorbed by this silly fantasy about the past, and how that fantasy is nothing new to our time.
So there it goes, I recommend this one. Good job you stupid little man.