I wanted to see Midnight in Paris when I read the director's own bit about it in the New York Times (click to read it). Titled, This Germ of an Idea Calls for an Antibiotic, Woody Allen tells a brief behind-the-scenes story about how he came up with the idea for his latest film. And it's a funny story. I avoided previews, so when the movie came to town, I wasn't sure what to expect except Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, and Carla Bruni somehow linked to each other by Woody Allen's pen. Oh, and in Paris. It was enough for me.
The film is like a nostalgia-filled cocktail of Paris with an American kick of the Now. A modest, uncomplicated douse of idealist dreaming served straight up with a chaser of light believability. I preferred the nostalgic parts over the others, but that probably reveals more about me than the film.
Highlights: Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali, Alison Pill as Zelda Fitzgerald and Corey Stoll steals scenes as Ernest Hemingway. Listen to an interview with him on NPR's All Things Considered. See it and let me know what you think.