Midnight in Paris Review

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A Review of “Midnight in Paris”

Midnight in Paris is a brilliant display uncertainty and confusion of life by Woody Allen. Just when you are sure you have found that special someone or “love” life throws you a curve ball. The movie is centered on the investigation of truth and principles of reality, knowledge, and conduct. The film uses the main character Gill (Owen Wilson) from the 21st century to show moral displacement in the present universe. He is a successful Hollywood movie writer yet struggles to accept that as true success. He wishes to become an independent writer of a book about a man lives in Paris during the 1920s. He and his fiancé travels to Paris and Gill’s Midnights in Paris brings great certainty and clarity to his future. Gill walks the streets of Paris at midnight trying to gain inspiration to complete his book about traveling to the 1920s, and finds he is acting out the character of his book. He finds himself in the company of his great libertarians heroes Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dali, Audrianna and T.S.Elliot. Each of the characters gives you a glimpse of their own moral universe of confusion, yet they all manage to help Gill in one way or find realism. Woody’s use of Dramatic Irony, Humor, and Poetic Justice is clever and entertaining. I love the scene when Gill calls himself sneaking to go out to meet Audrianna, and opens the door to his fiancé and he parents. The nerves that Gill displays as his fiancé searches for the so called missed pearl earrings he stole from her is priceless. I couldn’t stop laughing. What I find to be Poetic Justice is that while Gill is sneaking away for a few nights in hopes to see and be intimate with the beautiful Audrianna, his fiancé is having an affair of her own with Paul. Audrianna helps Gill cope with his infatuation with the 1920s. In the movie they travel a little further back in the 1920’s when Audrianna stays, leaving Gill unfulfilled and empty of purpose....
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