Midnight in Paris (2011)

Be warned: Watching Midnight in Paris will make you want to hop in a plane and visit Paris. The film opens with a long montage of the streets of Paris, and you’re hooked. Paris itself is the main character.

Of course, for this to be a BMEM, it has to be more than well filmed. The Tree of Life (2011) for example, one of the best filmed movies I’ve ever seen, is also one of the most BORING movies ever made. Without a great script, you have a travelogue.

We’re told the story of Gil (Owen Wilson), a writer visiting Paris with his fiance (Rachel McAdams) and future in-laws. Gil is a Hollywood writer, who yearns to publish his first novel. While wandering the streets of Paris, he discovers a corner where at midnight he is taken to the Paris of the 1920s.

Here the movie does what truly great movies do: carries you away to a place you can never go. Gil goes on to meet Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, Cole Porter, Picasso, and other famous artists and writers of that era. His meetings with them are a joy to watch, and of course his discussions with his literary idols moves him closer to resolving his issues with his unfinished book.

Of course, if you are a POY (Person Of Youth) those names might not be familiar to you. Perhaps you could use the internet for something other than finding Cute Cat Videos (CCV) and research those names to better appreciate this film.

Since you brought up CCV, I’ll share with you one of the best you will ever see. Below you’ll see a cat reacting to a girl visiting his owner. The cat did this for the entire time the girl visited, but never did it since. The cat’s name is Marquis.

But I digress.

Midnight in Paris also has something to say about not longing for past times, but dealing with the here and now. The story could have had many different endings, and fortunately, resolves itself in a sweet and completely satisfying manner. As soon as it’s finished, you’ll want to watch it again.

I just realized something; Midnight in Paris takes place in Paris. Marquis (the NoNoNoNo Cat) is a French name.

Freaky, isn’t it?

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5 thoughts on “Midnight in Paris (2011)

  1. Loved Midnight in Paris – maybe since I’m not a POY. Have seen it once so far but will watch it again. As for Marquis, watching MIP once was obviously enough for him!

  2. Hmm, sounds quite interesting. I was wondering . . . when you mentioned the other artist and writers . . . did you mean people like Cezanne, Dega, Mannet (and Monet, both are good) Also, Irving Berlin,(did you know that he didn’t know how to read musical notes?) And you mustn’t forget George and Ira Gershwin. Very interesting post, very well written. I liked the cat video and, I look forward to seeing Midnight in Paris. I think I would like it.

    Signed,

    a POY

    1. Oh yeah? Well, did you know the Cezanne family name was originally spelled “Sayzan, but his agent convinced him to change it to sell more paintings? Did you know the word “Dega” comes from an archaic Spanish word that means “Of Ga”? Did you know George & Ira Gershwin are really the same person? (which is why all pictures of the two of them together are fake).
      I already know your answer to these questions: No no no no no…

  3. “I see…rhinocerossss!” What a charming film. I think my favorite feature performances were Michael Sheen’s pedant and Marion Cotillard’s lovely and unhinged muse. Sort of the template of her “Inception” character, but with less stabbing.

    Thanks for highlighting this movie, and moreover, for helping me develop an appreciation for films in the first place:)

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