Midnight in Paris
Inez and her fiancée Gil accompany her parents to Paris on a business trip. Gil is a screenwriter who is attempting to write his first novel, and he is enamored with Paris and hopes to live there one day. Inez and her parents don’t feel the same way, and they’re not so thrilled that Gil has given up his screen writing job in order to pursue his passion. Things become difficult when friends of Inez show up and try to monopolize all of the young couple’s time. Gil just wants to explore Paris, and begs off one evening so he can do just that. He finds himself lost and at the stroke of midnight, he is magically transported to a Paris he’s only dreamed of. Through repeated visits he learns much about himself and his life and decides to make some changes.
I went to see Midnight in Paris with a friend I met when we were both ex-pats in France. We both enjoyed the movie and loved seeing Paris in it. (The beautiful scenery actually has me longing to visit there again.) We were also thrilled that we could understand much of the French that’s spoken in the movie. (Don’t worry if you don’t speak French – there’s not that much and it’s not necessary to understand the movie.)
I found the movie to be smart, funny and romantic, but did feel it dragged a little in the middle. The movie’s not perfect but it’s a fun way to spend a few hours. There is some time travel involved, but readers and art lovers will be rewarded with glimpses of some of their favorites authors and artists from the past. I was charmed by this movie and recommend it to those who enjoy quiet, thoughtful movies.