Nick Schager Reviews Midnight In Paris

Love ignites the City of Lights’ magic in Midnight in Paris, the first Woody Allen film in forever to not wholly grate on the nerves. That status isn’t immediately apparent, however, as Allen’s latest opens with a beautiful if unimaginative day-to-night travelogue montage of Paris’ most famous sights (the Eiffel Tower! The Louvre! The Arc de Triomphe!) set to romantic horns, and then immediately segues into bald-faced audience-pandering via a conversation in which Hollywood screenwriter and aspiring novelist Gil (Owen Wilson) badmouths his future father-in-law’s (Kurt Fuller) Tea Party convictions as those of a “demented lunatic.”

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