Directed by: Woody Allen
Genre: Romance, comedy
Runtime: 94 Minutes
If you are wondering what one of the best films, you will find this year is this is one. Enchanting is an excellent word to describe the picturesque quality to its cinematography and wholesomely beautiful story. Never have I had so much respect for Owen Wilson on screen, which is likely his best performance of his career. I am quite new to Woody Allen, I must say his direction and writing is fantastic here, and I can see were the acclaim comes from. This film stands out from the blockbusters and CGI films of the recent years, which makes it a great experience.
The film is set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
To begin with, the film is enlightening. The spirit and enchantment it has makes you want to live life and it leaves you with a satisfying feeling of happiness. The film has a beautiful sense of romance and I would say this is one of the finest executed rom-coms to exist. The story is touching and there are moments you feel sorry for our main protagonist. The uplifting sincerity of the film takes you away on a beautiful journey telling a non-complex love situation. Not to mention the film's beautiful sentimentality that makes it all the more lovable.
Owen Wilson was excellent and this is by far the best role I have seen him do. I now have respect for him. Wilson’s performance was exuberant, full of life and very slick. Using some slight humour, subtle emotion and all that jazz, Wilson shaped the character of Gil and played it very naturally. Supporting Wilson was Rachel McAdams his fiancée, who soon becomes somewhat of an antagonist towards the end. In the 20’s, Gil meets Gertrude Stine played by Kathy Bates and Adrianna played by Marion Cotillard. Both give excellent performances and create a well-shaped cast.
The film is gorgeously shot and it eels distinctive from all the big films of this year, and the past few year for that matter. The opening montage that we see of Paris is beautifully done along with the ballad. Paris appears as a gloriously beautiful location full of life here and throughout the entire film, with all the pretty lighting and the authenticity of Paris, as everything was shot on location.
Woody Allen’s great direction and writing made this film cinematic gold, enjoyable for the audience to feast on. I love the idea of someone taking a trip back in time to a decade, which they love, and it opens up a paradox. Time travel films can be a complete mess, but here the rules are so simple. Once it gets to midnight, Wilson gets in a cab and voila, he is in the 1920’s. There is no complex time rule. The paradox it opens is how many people wish they lived in a certain decade. A character that we meet in the 1920’s considers the 1890’s the Golden Age, and it makes you think that the golden age for them is going to be further back than that.
I commend Allen for has versatile and elegant writing. The script was great too. All those bits of dialogue were what made the film so interesting. The conversations between all the characters, and the at times minor tense atmosphere of hatred between some of them; it all pushes the film into greatness. He has peoples like Picasso and various other celebrities from the 20’s. Even surrealist director Luis Bunuel is seen in the film.
The story has a beautiful sentimentality and is one of the major reasons the film is so delightfully warm. It has a great cast, great cinematography, a great story and brilliant direction. It has everything a good film should have. Containing charming comedy and sentimental romance, it is one of the best films of this year easily. Now, go watch it!
My Rating: 9/10