Comedies for me are very hit or miss. I, like almost everyone, do love the occasional comedy from time to time. There are a lot of comedies out there that, regardless of how much you laugh, are only focused on just that; making you laugh. These comedies don’t really care about the characters and the story their shaping. It’s always refreshing to see a movie that can be considered a comedy and be so so much more. Midnight in Paris is just that kind of movie.
Yes,Woody Allen’s latest film is funny, but Midnight in Paris can best be described as charming and sweet. In a story about a writer who finds out on his vacation to Paris that at Midnight he can travel to and experience the zest and company of the roaring 20s you get a portrait of love and the ability to start over. It’s an interesting tale and one that could’ve fell flat, but instead the concepts were taken seriously and they are fresh, appealing, and it all completely works.
The film is stacked with great performers such as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen and even the marvelous Marion Cotillard. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Owen Wilson in a more serious role as the lovable, yet wimpish protagonist. Like the actors, practically everything from the camera work to the score just fits. It was a very meaningful, but fun watch.
It’s always nice to watch a shorter film that’s actually very good because most truly good films have to be over 2 hours to tell their stories. Midnight in Paris doesn’t tell too little or too much, it tells just the right amount. There’s only so much you can do with a story about a man who continues to travel back in time to have a good time in the 1920s and Midnight in Paris never feels boring so it obviously did its job and did it admirably. Midnight in Paris isn’t a very challenging movie and it’s not a film that will change you, it is however a well made film that will make you smile.
FROST/NIXON was by far the most surprising movie of this year if not ever. I was expecting a lot out this movie based on the story, the direction and especially the acting. What I got was a surprise, because what I just recently saw was both astounding and flawless, what I got was so much better than what I originally expected and the best way to describe it is entertainment at its full blown best. This is a must-see for this year and it isn’t getting the praise it deserves, but it will surely get it in this review.
FROST/NIXON is the story of the famed interview between David Frost, a british talk show host, and our former president Richard Nixon. The interviews took place shortly after Nixon’s resignation in the late 70s. Most thought Frost would go too “easy” or “soft” on Nixon, but what amounted from the interviews became a battle of wits and a rivalry to be remembered. Not only does the film show the important interviews, but also the behind-the-scenes, and the the lead up and the reason Frost wanted to perform the interview in the first place.
The acting was spectacular by all players. Oliver Platt and Sam Rockwell were great as usual. Michael Sheen was a spectacular Frost. He could be cocky and nervous, while being smart and a bit scared, but the real actor who deserves praise is Frank Langella. Langella fully embodies the character of Nixon, from posture to facial expressions. He was spectacular. Unfortunately for Sean Penn, Langella was better and does deserve the oscar this year. Pen was great, but Langella just showed so much more charisma and ability in this part.
FROST/NIXON was such an astounding movie for the fact that at no point were you ever bored and at no point did you ever want this 2 hour and 10 minute film to end. It was a story the could’ve been told in a boring way, but instead it was told to perfection by a well known director, Ron Howard. This is undoubtedly, in my opinion, the greatest picture he’s ever created and probably ever will. Every single person owes it to themselves to view this movie.FROST/NIXON was spectacle of everything that makes movies worth watching.