(*warning – usually i don’t give spoilers, but this may have some slight spoilers to the plot. nothing major or about the ending however. read at your own risk)
i’ve allowed some time to let this film sink into my skin and wonder around in my thoughts. first off, in my opinion, woody allen can do no harm. especially with his batch of films this past decade (match point, scoop, vicky christina barcelona) part of me likes this film better than any of these because it’s so darn charming and then another part of me likes this film the least because of a non-realistic storyline.
the film begins in paris where we meet couple inez (rachel mcadams) and gil (owen wilson.) inez rather be back home in a mansion in malibu while gil falls in love with paris and yerns to know what it would be like to live in the city in the 1920′s. one night gil has a little too much to drink and before we know it, he finds himself in this very situation.
gil starts to run into all of his favourite idols, such as fitzgerald, hemmingway, dali, picasso, and so on. anyone into art history and good literature will smile from ear to ear, wondering who gil will meet next. gil then meets a lovely woman named adriana (marion cotillard) who romantisizes the pants off of him and we see gil start to discover that there are a lot of problems in his present day life.
i’m not a huge fan of owen wilson. i more like the movies he’s in than him, but i have to say, he kind of won me over in this film. perhaps it’s because he’s essentially playing a version of woody allen himself. all of the other acting is forgivable because what isn’t charming about someone like adiren brody playing dali?
not only do we fall in love with gil, or all of his famous artistic friends, but most importantly we fall in love with paris. the fashion, the people, the roadside cafes, and long cigarette holders. we also fall in love with nighttime. as a morning person myself, it was nice to be reminded that there is this whole other lifestyle and atmosphere once the sun sets and the stars come out.
this film really has you thinking of what you want, what you have, what is unattainable, and how to settle for a middle-ground somewhere. i find the vibe of allen’s films to be similar to coppolas, whereas the sun is setting, your going for a drive with the windows down, and a really great song is playing. it’s comfortable, it’s inspiring, it’s a little bit of the past and hope for the future.
okay, so there is this sci-fi element to the film, which makes and breaks the film. it’s a movie and i understand that nothing in movies happens in real life. people can fly and fall in love with princesses and fight zombies because it’s allowed. but then my technical side comes to play (damn film school) and my mind says “wow, this is a really inspiring film, but with a 100% impossible plot” while i much rather have a “really inspiring film” with at least a “50% possible” plot, or maybe even 25%. i guess i’m just being a debbie downer because i am not woody allen, nor do i live in paris, nor is time travel possible.
don’t let my pessimistic ways fool you. go see this film. you’ll smile from ear to ear. you’ll long to visit paris. you’ll want to revisit the works of all of the artists in the film. and you’ll have an overall enjoyable time watching it. which, isn’t that all we’re looking for when we watch a film anyways?
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