Longing to live in another time than your own, because it seems so much more beautiful or interesting, is something I recognize and I think others will also know this feeling.
The main character in this film, Gil Pender, is a writer who would like to have lived in Paris during the twenties. His heroes are Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
He is in Paris with his fiancée Inez and her conservative parents. Gil falls in love with the city immediately and would like to move there, Inez is only interested in furniture shopping and looking at wedding rings.
One night, when Gil is taking a walk on his own, a car stops and he is invited to come. He ends up at a party where he meets Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and later also Ernest Hemingway. He meets Dalí and Gertrude Stein (who will read his manuscript), Josephine Baker and Cole Porter and falls in love with Picasso’s mistress.
His own time seems less and less appealing and Gil realizes he and Inez are not suited for eachother. He must make a difficult decision.
Before I saw this movie I would have told you a Woody Allen movie was not my cup of tea. But I make an exception for this Midnight in Paris. I thought it was magical and charming and absolutely delightful. Paris looks beautiful, but there are many things that are just spot on in this film.
The atmosphere of the twenties in Paris was completely right and the people really come to live. This is due to the amazing actors in this film.
I loved Adrian Brody as Salvardor Dalí and Corey Stoll as Hemingway, but other wll known names are Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Marion Cottillard and Carla Bruni.
I am not a fan of Owen Wilson, but in this film I thought he was perfect as the romantic writer who longs for a life in another time and is honestly happy when he meets his rolemodels.
The combination of lighthearted romance with humor and a love for the past and some good lifelessons make Midnight in Paris one of the loveliest movies I have ever seen!