Watching him shine in “Midnight in Paris” it is hard to believe that Owen Wilson wanted to die not long ago. In August, 2007 Wilson was rushed to the hospital after a failed suicide attempt. Since then, he seems to be thriving. I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy he lived! Thank goodness for antidepressants and therapy I guess! He is adorable, and a great actor. I hope he is happy, since he makes so many others feel good.
But I digress somewhat…
“Midnight in Paris” was very good, and Owen Wilson’s performance is responsible for much of this. Not alone does he act well, but his character Gil is extremely likeable — a Hollywood movie writing “hack” who is trying to write a serious novel. He finds himself in Paris with his annoying/spoiled/badly dressed fiancee Inez (played by Rachel McAdams) and her annoying/spoiled/horrid parents. Enter a couple who is friendly with Inez, and you will find an even-more-annoying-and-now-add-pretentious character to ruin any possibility of Gil’s having a good time.
So he creates his own fun. Call it fantasy. Call it whimsy. Call it whatever you want. The supporting cast is great, peppered with Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and others too many to mention.
If you enjoy literature and art you will likely enjoy this film. If not, you will probably find it boring and irrelevant.
We liked it. My boyfriend and I are serious intellectual art patrons of the world (just kidding, but I couldn’t resist writing that). Two thumbs up from us. And, the Angelika has great popcorn!