The opening is, like many Allen films, a love letter to a city--in this case, Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, sidewalk cafés, etc. His vision, captured by Cinematographer Darius Khondji, is truly beautiful. Allen says he would live in Paris if he didn't live in New York.
He first came up with the title, which he thought was "very romantic", and went from there, thinking, "What goes on at midnight in Paris?".
Owen Wilson is perfect as Gil, a Hollywood screenwriter who's thinking he might prefer a simpler life in Paris writing novels. While there with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her parents, he has some magical adventures at the midnight hour. I don't want to reveal much more, because it will be much more fun to see for yourself.
Other stars in the film include Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen, and France's First Lady, Carla Bruni.
This is a real Woody Allen gem, and I'm already looking forward to watching it over and over again.
Annie Hall (of course)
Midnight in Paris opens tomorrow, Friday May 20, in Los Angeles and New York.
-- Leslie Anne Wiggins
Photo credits: Sony Pictures Classics