Midnight in Paris features plenty of Woody Allen trademarks, while avoiding many of the quirks that have irritated us about his work in the past. “Pair-eee” has rarely looked so good in a film and leaves viewers pining to hop a plane to de Gaulle as soon as the credits roll. The cast boasts a slew of big names as well including, Owen Wilson (playing Allen’s trademark aloof dude), Rachel McAdams, the first lady of France, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Adrien Brody. The concept of a modern day screen-writer magically being transported to Paris in the 1920’s to party with cultural titans like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, and Hemingway sounds like a horrible erudite inside joke, but Midnight in Paris is a surprisingly easy-going film that packs plenty of timeless laughs. The highlight is unknown actor Corey Stoll, who looks and talks every bit like we’d imagine Hemingway would, resulting in some hilarious over-the-top dialogue and lessons on being a man. Mustached Adrien Brody’s portrayal of Dali takes silver. In sum, this breezy 94-minute movie is a pleasure to watch for those seeking a break from explosions, murder plots, aliens, and super heroes — and one of Allen’s best works to date.
Back in time with no DeLorean in sight