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Movie Review: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

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Woody Allen's latest comedy, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is still playing at Kahala Mall.

And I have to say, even if you don't usually enjoy  Allen's films, chances are you'll like MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, an absolutely delightful movie starring Owen Wilson as a Hollywood screenwriter on vacation in Paris with his fiancee.

Each night at midnight, his character is transported back to Paris in the 1920's where he meets the legendary writers and artists of the "Lost Generation" including Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, and Salvador Dali.
 
Owen Wilson is Gil, a screenwriter whose dreams of becoming a serious novelist and moving to Paris.
His gold digging fiancee, Inez, played by Rachel McAdams, prefers Hollywood to Paris though she enjoys vacationing there with Gil and her parents.
 
 Theirs is a doomed relationship though neither knows that until Gil starts taking late night walks which transport him to the 1920's where he meets and becomes infatuated with Marion Cotillard as Adriana, the mistress of Picasso.
 

Gil also meets and interacts with many of the famous artists, writers, and filmmakers of the twenties: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali (Adrian Brody), the notorious surrealist painter, Luis Bunuel, Man Ray, as well as Gertrude Stein (Kathy bates), the middle aged woman who was a mentor to so many of the talented Americans who lived in Paris at that time.

Part of what makes MIDNIGHT IN PARIS such a crowd pleaser is Gil's growing realization that no matter how much fun it is to fantasize about living in the 1920's, idealizing the past keeps him from getting the most out of the present.   

I can almost guarantee that MIDNIGHT IN PARIS will leave you with a smile on your face.