Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Carla Bruni
Gil (Wilson), a Hollywood screenwriter struggling with his first novel, travels to Paris with his fiancee (McAdams). He quickly falls in love with the city, only to find that after the clock strikes midnight, it becomes quite a different city, and he begins an experience he desires to be a part of even more.
How many filmmakers have put out a film virtually every single year for their entire careers? Next to none. How many have done this for four decades, with an above average level of success? One, and this is definitely one of his great ones. Owen Wilson gives a great performance as the Allen surrogate, talking about Paris the way that Allen talked about New York City back in the day. Familiar like "pseudo-intellectual" and "crypto-fascist" make an appearance to the chagrin of die-hards, and fans of Purple Rose of Cairo specifically will likely enjoy what is on the surface an inversion of that film's plot, as it surprisingly never feels stale. I'm trying to keep a bit of mystery around this one, so you all might actually go out and support the hardest working man in the business, so I won't say much more (the trailer tells you next to nothing about how incredible the film gets), but there's a much larger cast than I've mentioned, and each performance is more enjoyable than the last. This film has all the heart, charm, and laughs of any of his classics, and I can't wait to see what he does with Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page in Rome next year. A