What goes on in Allen’s mind I will never know, but one thing is clear, he has created an utterly charming film in Midnight in Paris, one worthy to be shown alongside his best. Here, as before, he has opened up for us what we do to and for ourselves when we enter a world of fantasy. Or, more exactly, how entering such a world can let us change ourselves and find whatever happiness is possible in what Allen sees as this dreary real world.
But it is not Paris of the present day that gives Gil the courage to change. It is Paris of the 1920s where he himself can never be—except after midnight. He’s a kind of reverse Cinderella.
Enjoying: Nostalgia is one key idea in this film. So just enjoy your memories of Paris, if you have them, or your hopes about Paris if you've yet to go. I'd save the essay for after you've seen the film.
The brilliant comic director's newest film, Midnight in Paris, features a Hollywood screenwriter (Owen Wilson) who travels back in time to 1920s Paris, and hobnobs with Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
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Gil comes to Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her obnoxious philistine parents (Tea Party Republicans I might add). They see in Paris only a chance to go shopping or close a business deal. Also in this crowd, Gil has to suffer the pedantic commentary of Inez’ ex-boyfriend Paul (Michael Sheen), a pompous scholar-critic who stands outside the artistic experience and comments on it (ow! that hurt!). To get away from him, Gil goes out for a late night walk and at midnight a 1920s taxi comes by and the Fitzgeralds, Scott and Zelda, scoop him up. They lead him into a succession of parties where he meets the artistic community of Paris in the 1920s. And what parties! He meets—
To recapitulate: this is a film about an artist—a writer, more precisely—who is trying to find his way. (He is often lost in Paris.) Gil Pender (Owen Wilson, playing Allen’s characteristic ineptitude) is trapped in a high-paying but unsatisfying job as a screenwriter and film fixer in Hollywood. But he wants to Write A Novel. He even has a manuscript of the novel, whose hero is a man who works in a “nostalgia shop,” selling the throwaway artifacts of decades past.