“Match Point,” “Scoop,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” In recent years, Woody Allen has been fascinated by Americans finding themselves in all sorts of crazy shenanigans and romantic entanglements abroad. His latest, “Midnight in Paris,” is no exception.
Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams) are an engaged couple who tag along on a business trip to Paris with Inez’s parents. Both are caught up in the romantic atmosphere of the city, a break from their everyday lives. And both, it seems from the trailer, develop wandering eyes.
Inez is taken with a charming, worldly friend (Michael Sheen) she and Gil run into in Paris, and Gil begins wandering the city streets after midnight and discovers a whole new world of music, dancing and attractive women.
The film also stars Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy and Carla Bruni.
I’m honestly not a big fan of Allen’s recent work, and the tone and style of “Midnight in Paris” just looks like more of the same. But I am always a little intrigued by films featuring gorgeous foreign locales, and I’m a huge fan of Michael Sheen, so I may end up Netflixing this one.
“Midnight in Paris” will open the Cannes Film Festival May 11 and hit theaters in limited release May 20. Check out the trailer below.
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