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?