Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I Love Midnight in Paris!
This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall, have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
To end the Paris in July 2012 I decided to watch Midnight in Paris - you know, that film by Woody Allen that everyone went bonkers over. I thought it would be the perfect way the end the month - a film set in the City of Light. Plus, I knew it was about time I watched this movie that everyone else had already seen and that I had been putting off watching for no good reason. And so, with a hot chocolate in hand I turned my attention to Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Suffice it to say, I loved Midnight in Paris! How could I not? Paris during the day, night and in the rain was just beautiful to see. And the dialogue was clever and the acting superb. I absolutely enjoyed watching Gil (Owen Wilson) get caught up in the roaring twenties. Who wouldn't want to hang out with the Fitzgerald's, Hemingway, Stein and Dali. All that drinking, dancing and carousing looked like quite the good time. Plus, getting to see Gil and Inez (Rachel McAdams) interact as a couple was hilarious and sad at the same time - they were most definitely not meant to be together. In fact, I was happy when Gil ended their engagement, especially after finding out from Hemingway that Inez was having an affair with Paul (Michael Sheen) - how oblivious was Gil?! Anyhow, aside from relationship woes, this film was a fantastic mix of fantasy and realism. I loved how Gil's slips through time were never explained and just happened again and again. I loved how we experienced Cole Porter's music and Stein's salon through Gil's eyes. Woody Allen created quite a gem with this film. Watching it was the highlight of my weekend and the Paris in July 2012 Challenge.
Well, time is up. Today is the last day of Paris in July 2012 and although I didn't post as much as I had planned on, I did enjoy reading everyone's posts on Paris - in fact, I've added some books to my TBR list and jotted down the names of new films to watch. I just wanted say thanks to Karen at BookBath and Tamara at Thyme for Tea for hosting this wonderful challenge (again). I'm looking forward to Paris in July 2013!