Midnight in Paris is an incredibly entertaining way to spend an evening. One of Woody Allen's creations, after in my opinion, a lot of duds - the world famous director is finally back on form with this quirky little romance and self discovery story.
Featuring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Sheen and Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris tells the story of a hack writer (Gil Pender) who writes movies but longs to create great pieces of literature like his hero, F. Scott Fitzgerald. On holiday with his partner in Paris, Gil Pender, our hero, starts to wander the streets of Paris at night after a fight with his girlfriend. In his boredom he discovers something magical, he gets a chance to meet all his favourite writers and artists at the height of their fame and skills in beautiful decadent early 20th century Paris.
Gil gets a chance to live his dream and even meet the love of his life but as the line between the past and the present begin to merge and Gil must decide whether he wants to live in the past or forge ahead and create his own future with all the fears and risks that it entails.
Lovingly shot in the middle of summer ,Allen's creation shows Paris at its best; the Seine, Notre Dame, the left bank are all there as if sprung out of novels and our imaginations.
This film runs the risk of being incredibly cheesy but actually works really well and is saved by a great cast enjoying the material and having some fun with it. Recommended for anyone who loves Paris or for someone who simply wants to wile away one of those grey winter days.