"Midnight in Paris" is a real treasure. I have never been an ardent fan of Woody Allen - in all his movies where he stars, his characters seem so similar. I should admit even Boris (from another personal favorite "Whatever Works") and Gil ("Midnight in Paris) fit the same pattern for some parts of these movies. What makes the same fabule work better in those, however, is that when there is another actor trying to emulate the same movements and speech, the audience focuses on the performance because it is special for these actors. With Woody Allen, I think, the moviegoers no longer believe that he is not playing himself more than his characters.
The cinematography is amazing. The pastel colors and the impressionist tones do a very good job at supplementing the tale for the tortures of being an artist. The editing is the only component that I have slight objections against - it is obvious that because of the limited availability of Carla Bruni, some takes that should be laying on the editing floor were left in the movie. I hope that it is not just to prove the point that the character was indeed important for the picture. Some of the scene with her look odd and would have benefited from a few more takes.
Overall, the movie is definitely on my Top 2011 list, which I intend to publish before the end of the month.
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