Sunday, 20 November 2011

Film #65 Midnight in Paris

OK, so I’m a not a huge Woody Allen fan at the best of times and his recent efforts have been rotten (particularly the excruciating Match Point). Also, the trailer for this looked pretty awful too – the latest leg of Woody’s Euro-trip, all hor-hee-hor accents and chaps on bikes with berets and baguettes – so surprising then that I actually found myself enjoying this. It’s smart and genuinely funny. Owen ‘the human labrador’ Wilson is perfect as the naive lead, Kathy Bates, Alison Pill, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody and (ooh-la-la) Carla Bruni all have a great deal of fun and the big plot twist (which happens pretty early on, but I won’t spoil it here), is thoughtfully executed, if wilfully preposterous. Not an earth-shattering re-annunciation of Allen’s purported genius, but a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.