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January 28, 2012

Midnight in Paris


Director Woody Allen’s 2011 film Midnight in Paris is a true love and joy. And how can it not be since it’s set in Paris, the love capital city of the world? As I promised in a previous post yesterday that I would be reviewing the last of …  the three French motif movies that have been nominated for the 2012 Oscars … well here it is.

We’ll always have Paris —said Bogei.

Before we jump into the movie let me digress a little. You see, Paris is such a romantic and beautiful city and I had the fortune to see it under such influence. Great movie romantic scenes have taken place there. Think Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the classic film Casablanca. Can we forget Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider steamy performance in the Last Tango in Paris? Or for that matter Robert Doisneau’s famous photo Hotel De Ville, of which I had a framed poster hanging on my bedroom wall. I could go on and on but you get the picture.

New York is for ambition, London is wonderful, stoic, smart and truly hard to describe but Paris is all about romance. You could be a foreign starving artist but if you’re in Paris, you are where it’s at.

At the time I visited Paris with my new lovely and now ex-wife, we were living in South Florida. I am not dissing Miami which is the city in which I have spent the most time. But when flying back from Paris and in spite that all the passengers were in awe over the beautiful turquoise beaches as they reflected the bright sunlight, when we landed I felt that I was in barren land; modern and beautiful colors, but naked when compared to Paris.

Not everything is romantic and smelling like roses in Paris. It is outrageously expensive, traffic is simply nuts, people can be rude, many Parisians are not kind towards American accents and boy, nobody can cuss like a Frenchman; not even drunken sailors if you asked me.

Coincidentally, I almost got into a fist fight with a hotel attendant; he had no idea that my Italian side of the family can get pretty fiery at a moment’s notice. Nevertheless, we had such a great time. My ex even made it onto the naughty stage of the Moulin Rouge and nope, there was no nudity involved… that came later… Ha ha ha!

So let’s get back to the movie because it’s a movie review after all. Look, of all the Woody Allen’s movies that I have seen, I like this one the best. It starts off with a young American couple Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. He has got Woody’s whining style that many times it simply drives me nuts, down pat. It’s like Woody is speaking through him. Of course Owen is better looking. He is going on a tirade as to how wonderful Paris is. That they should settle in Paris and it would be so much better for him while writing his novel; which has been lagging for quite some time.

Rachel’s is the spoiled and rich shallow brat that would have none of Owen’s talk. Rachel’s acting is superb and she is incredibly beautiful. Her role is to be loud, pushy and noisy and I just couldn’t take it. She drove me nuts. I was thinking, how could this sensitive fellow put up with this nasty vixen? … C’mom man, dump her already!  Ha ha ha!

They meet an old flame of hers and his wife. He is a poseur or a pseudo intellectual. Rachel is slobbering all over him and Owen is like totally bored. One evening Rachel goes dancing  with his old flame and wife. And Owen goes out for a walk. He is sitting in the middle of nowhere when the clock strikes midnight. Then an automobile from like the 20s or 30s stops and the fellows in the car, which are having a party, ask him to come along.

As it turns out he has been transported into the past. He meets the great artists of the time but more so he meets Marion Cotillard a Parisian red hot Super Hottie who exudes sophistication and sex appeal and poor little he is simply floored. Sorry Rachel but Marion is way off the charts!

I hope I have given you enough so that you get off your proverbial arse and go check out this movie. By the way, there is a lot more to the story and acting, including heavy weight actors portraying really famous artists. I’m sure that you won’t regret it. And yes, I should get me back to Paris … Yay!

As usual I leave you with the movie previews. Enjoy and Cheers!


Movie Trailer (2011)




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