Gil and his fiancée tour the city of love separately whilst on vacation in Paris. Gil meets a a group of strange revellers who take him back in time to the Jazz Age. The more time he spends in the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.
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It's easier to like a certain era in the past than facing the unknown future because the past is more familiar to us. We have learned everything about it; it sounds safer due to its certainty. This film shows me that we will always feel the present is never enough, but maybe what we should do is to wholeheartedly live in the present and see where it will bring us.
A terrible film. Allen reduces some of the greatest american artists of the XXth century to cliché images. It's as if he thought that the only way talent has to express itself is in clichés, in a picture taken from an ad, probably because that's how his talent expresses itself. Though everything's dull, dialogues are sometimes good but if you already watched another Allen's film, you won't discover anything.
20 minutes into this movie, I was convinced I was going to hate it. Eventually I was won over by the genuine chemistry between Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard. "You have one of the best faces ever," he tells her and truer words have never been spoken on celluloid. The depiction of famous artistic figures is pretty one-note, bordering on caricature, but "Paris" is effective as a lightweight and breezy love story.
Most of the characters were so unrelatable that it was hard to like the film. A bunch of wealthy white Americans having existentialist crises while spending loads of money. And the characters in the past were made to be one dimensional, so even if they make the film to be somewhat worthwhile, the film becomes just flat and annoying.
It's funny how Woody Allen's film complains about the pseudo-intellectualist character while simultaneously flaunting a generic and poorly stereotyped cavalcade of historical artists that could pass for a college freshman's wet dream. Woody Allen is really out of touch lately, especially when it comes to humor. Corny is probably the most appropriate word I can think of to describe this film.
I find myself very tolerant to this work of Allen in particular because it has been a long time since I encountered such an anachronic character in a movie. Although it isn't outstanding it is tremendously sweet. Even if it sends a sad message to all anachronics that, eventually, you have to surrender to your time.
Might seem a bit off-puttingly. But for me, there's something about the midnight segments that was just so mystical and appealing especially because the several time periods and these amazing characters references excite me. Made me wish to be part of the adventure. This film also did a good job of giving us a taste of the beautiful Paris. <3