17. Midnight In Paris
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel MacAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Corey Stoll, Alison Pill, Tom Hiddleston, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Lea Seydoux
Midnight In Paris is a movie that’s so delightful, and so alive, that you don’t want it to end. And when was the last time anyone could say that about a movie starring Owen Wilson? The latest from veteran writer-director Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris is a total charmer, following a pleasant screenwriter/hack, Gil (Wilson), who, on vacation in the storied French city, drifts away from his gold-digging fiancée (Rachel MacAdams), daydreams about becoming a respected novelist, and magically starts hanging out with past art world luminaries (including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Salvador Dalí).
Yes, it’s basically Rod “Twilight Zone” Serling by way of Woody Allen, but that’s not exactly a lightweight description for any project. Midnight In Paris, with its wonderful performances and easily realized humor, whisks you away into its culturally vibrant and otherworldly elegance in the same way that Gil inhabits his own supernatural playland.