A whimsical romantic comedy that’s as charming and nostalgic as the streets of Paris.

An engaged couple goes along a family business trip to Paris. Gil (Owen Wilson) wants to stay to become a novelist, while his fiancee prefers to live in America where he is a successful Hollywood scriptwriter. He travels back in time to the bygone era of the 20’s where the spur of creativity has attracted iconic writers and artists such as Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. But soon he realizes that living in the past is no better than his present.

With beautiful cinematography, witty dialogue, and a great cast Midnight Paris is set to delight you from the beginning to the end. Apart from its beautiful montage of Paris, the movie also captured the 1920’s that provided a fantastical setting for Gil, the disillusioned writer played by the funny Owen Wilson. The characters were amusing enough with insightful dialogues that make good one liners.

While it is charming in its own right (which is not hard to do when you’re shooting in Paris) the story is predictable. The Americans from the present are also rendered conveniently unlikeable. Inez and her parents, including Paul are all insufferable, which also makes you wonder why Gil would want to marry a girl like that in the first place.

Certain flaws aside, the movie is entertaining. When Gil finally learns his lesson through Adriana (Marion Cottilard), it reminds us of our own tendency to latch onto a past thinking that that particular time is the Golden Age without realizing that nostalgia is the only thing that makes it special, which also makes us miss out on the present.

My Rating: 9/10

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