Movie of Week #1: Midnight in Paris

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I’ve been getting back into watching movies on Netflix and Disney or those that rely heavily on CGI and green screens. It’s really hard to find good movies to watch these days that don’t repeat the same boring plots. And so, I often turn to older movies for entertainment. I’ve been on a classic comedy and romance kick lately. And as I was creating a Movie Romance playlist on Spotify, I remembered a cute little film called Midnight in Paris, starring everyone’s favorite, Owen Wilson.

And so, this film, is the first one I’m going to recommend to watch if you’re looking for something new. This film is quirky, romantic and has a fantastic soundtrack. If you’re a fan of Paris in general, or Francophone music, you’ll love the ambiance of Midnight in Paris.


Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris was released in 2011 and is an easy to watch film sitting at 1 hours and 34 minutes. The cast ensemble is fantastic with Rachel Adams (The Notebook, Southpaw), Owen Wilson (Loki, Armageddon), Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Kurt Fuller (Supernatural), and everyone’s favorite – Tom Hiddleston. Yes, that’s right. The two stars of Loki have worked before – which is why Loki is such a great show.

Now this is one of those films that I can’t explain too much without giving away spoilers. But if you’re an author, or a a reader who is a fan of classics like F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway, then you’ll love this film.

I was a bit hesitant to recommend this movie given it was directed and written by Woody Allen. But if you can put that aside, Midnight in Paris is a witty and charming film that will make you feel nostalgic and want to visit the romantic city of Paris.


Storyline

Gil and Inez (Adams and Wilson) travel to Paris with her parents who are on a business trip. Gil is a Hollywood writer turned novelist who is seeking inspiration for his first book. Gil falls in love with the city and starts to explore it on his own as his fiancé spends time with a family friend. One night, during a midnight stroll, Gil encounters a group of people dressed in 1920s fashion that would forever change his life and his views of the woman he’s about to marry.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite romantic movies and I watch it about once a year. If you’re a writer who needs some inspiration, or you’re a Loki fan and have a soft spot for Tom Hiddleston, then this is a must watch.


Similar Movies

Are you a fan of Paris? Love indie films with great music? Then here are a few other notable mentions that you should check out. These movies are quirky, fun and worthy of a watch.

  • Amelie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline
  • Forget Paris with Billy Crystal and Debra Winger
  • Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor
  • Gigi with Eva Gabor and Leslie Caron

What are your favorite Paris inspired movies? Let me know in the comments! I’ll be sharing a list of my favorite movies on a weekly basis.


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