I want to say "meh - the same as every other Allen film, just in Paris, this time"...
But, I can't. While the subtext was exactly the same as every other film he's made, the plot and the amazing performances actually made me enjoy this MUCH more than I expected. Sheen, one of my favourite actors, was brilliant at making me hate him. Léa Seydoux was sadly wasted in this role - she could've been so much better.
But, all in all, the photography was excellent (with the exception of the slit-your-wrists three-minutes-too-long-while-it-felt-like-10 opening sequence), the score was moving, the premise started off intriguing, and quite a few moments of laughter. Probably glad I didn't see it in cinema, but definitely glad I saw it.
Woody Allen films tend to blue together (and he has a talent for making the lead characters all sound like him), but this film has Paris, so manages to rise above the rest. Probably the best film he's done since 'Crimes and Misdemeanors'.
If you're a Woody Allen fan, like me, then you'll like this film (minus the 5 minute homage to Paris opener). It's the usual witty/dry/observation driven dialog that make you chuckle throughout his films. Martin Sheen's character was my favourite as the unlikable, arrogant, know-it-all.
My only critism is I felt this film is very similar to many of his others in terms of the character arcs/quirks/general neuroses - I wonder how many more times he can re-hash characters with his own personality traits.
Oh, and whilst I gave this one a thumbs up, my wife hated it - uh-oh!
I've only slowly returned to Woody Allen, after so many seemingly inconsequential films in a row. But I'm glad I did. Perhaps Midnight in Paris caught me in the right mood, in need of a pick-me-up and a reminder of the special role of art in this occasionally brain-bruising world. I was willing to take the trip to Paris with Owen Wilson (and even before the opening credits, I was dazzled by the montage of Parisian sights) and this film cast a magic spell over me as well as him.
i dont usually like woody allen films but this one is different
I loved this movie. It looks fantastic, all the costumes, the cinematography, the streets of Paris.
Owen Wilson usually annoys me in everything he does but he had an innocent, naive charm about it that made it work in my eyes. Marion Cotillard was just fantastic and ever so convincing. I kind of wish it had of been a little longer though. A great Film.
I am a fan of Woody Allen movies and I enjoyed this one too. Not as comical as some of his past movies though but still interesting enough to hold your attention. Owen Wilson seemed a bit dazed in it though unfortunately ( probably due to all the anti-depressants he takes )
Massively overrated, only for those who are desperate to like a modern Woody Allen movie or who like like to feel clever recognising references. A return to early form this is not, and the picture postcard shots seem surprising unsophisticated.
What planet does Woody Allen come from? Certainly not one from this solar system. All his movies are the same and lack original content. If it were possible he could be done for plagiarism of his own work.
A gorgeous, whimsical comedy about life and love in a cold harsh Universe. So, basically a classic Woody Allen film then -- probably his best since Match Point I reckon. A great cast is backed up with lavish costume and set design, but the star of the show is the City of Paris, which Allen clearly adores.
Typical Woody Allen movie - slick, funny & full of quirky jargon. Really enjoyed it!
Woody continues his "outside NY" roll. Funny and charming.