Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris is a fantasy of Gil Pender, the protagonist, as well as the movie director Woody Allen.
At the beginning of the movie, there are several minutes (perhaps longer!) of shots showing the streets of Paris. You may say it has nothing directly to do with the movie. But later on you will realise this is what Woody Allen wants to tell you about his Parisian dreams. If you love a place, you won’t feel bored showing how deep your love is. Paris is seductive, even in the rain.
The protagonist Gil, an American novelist touring Paris, talks to his wife in the first few lines, “This is unbelievable! Look at this! There’s no city like this in the world. There never was.” Later Gil met artists and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Man Ray and many others of the 1920s after wandering in Paris losing himself after midnight.
It is an amalgamation of dream and reality. It seems so unreal, mystical and magical seeing those dead artists and writers talking to Gil like close friends Gil hasn’t seen for a long while. But who cares? A movie is a dream. The movie director is the dream maker. Nothing is impossible in a movie, no matter in 2D or 3D, from Hollywood or Bollywood.
That is why I still like watching movies. Lately I watch more comedies than tragedies. The world is more pathetic than ever, so I don’t want to make myself feel much more miserable after watching sad movies.
I still remember the last lines of Scarlett in Gone with the Wind, “After all… tomorrow is another day.” This is impressive if you are young and ready to fight against all odds.
The last two lines of Midnight in Paris are relatively too unsophisticated, read this:
Gabrielle: By the way, my name is Gabrielle.
Gil: I’m Gil, nice to meet you. It’s a pretty name.
What do you think?
I think this is good enough, in such a light comedy.