Posted on 7/04/11 04:11 PM
Sure, Woody Allen is not for all audiences... But having followed Woody Allen for years myself, this movie strikes me as a pretty rounded work of art. Here are the same elements that populate his greatest movies: respect for the past, nostalgia, admiration for artists, interest in the process of creation and creativity, romantic men/women relationships. Nothing new so far. What is new is the setting: Paris, city of light, a place full of magic in itself, becomes even more fantastic after midnight. Paris -the city- becomes another character in the movie. Truly, it is -for the most part- a touristic Paris the one we see here, a Paris taken from postal cards. But hey, it is Paris! Allen uses the idea of being able to fool time and be transported magically to the wonderful 1920's. Not the first time he uses magic-realism to drive his points. In "Purple Rose of Cairo", for example, the main character is able to step into a movie. If you are not an Allen's fan, take courage, be patient and let yourself be inmersed in Allen's Paris. You may enjoy the movie. If you are an Allen's fan, sit, relax and be ready for one of his best movies in the last years. "Midnight in Paris" does not have the punch, youthfulness and humor that "Manhattan" has. Still, it is worthwhile to watch.