Okay so my first main post isn’t very fashion related but I had to tell you the story behind the title to the blog. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you must! It is sheer artistry. This magical movie is both written and directed by Woody Allen and of course it is set in the beautiful Paris.
This magical story follows the journey of an American screenwriter Gil, played by Owen Wilson, on ‘vacation’ with fiancé Inez who is played by Rachel McAdams. While in Paris he hopes to get inspiration for a novel, that he is in the process of writing, which leads him to take late night walks through Paris. During his first walk he gets lost and when the clock strikes midnight he stumbles upon a street where he is transported, literally in a car (not like Back to the Future), to the raving 20s. On his nightly visits to the 20s he meets his icons, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso.
The film is sweet and indulgent a bit like the multi coloured French pastries you drool over in a patisserie window. The Parisian scenery is the main focus to most of the scene build ups, with also carefully shot night scenes. At the start of the film a montage of this scenery is put together showing different parts of the city in its different weather conditions. This montage starts to look like a well executed and non cheesy travel commercial. Another indulgent treat to this film is Woody Allen’s casting. On first impression, the idea of Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams being lead actors, you immediately think a bad romantic comedy or ‘chick flick.’ But this is one of those films were you are reminded that Owen Wilson can act. Rachel McAdams on the other hand, her performance lacked but that could down to Woody Allen’s direction, as after the first half hour of the film she is no longer one of the main focuses of the story. Her character is easily forgotten. But that is also because at this point in film we are introduced to the rest of the fantastic cast. Gil, on his trips to the 1920s, first meets Zelda Fitzgerald played by Alison Pill who then introduces him to her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald who is played by, which is my swoon in the movie, Tom Hiddleston. Who, even though has a short screen time throughout the film, is able to captivate the audience by showing us the acting skills he processes. We then come across Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemingway, who expresses Hemingway’s very strange outlook on life perfectly. With Gil’s meeting with Hemingway the story leads us to Gil meeting Gertrude Stein played by Kathy Bates. Which with any film Kathy Bates is in, she brings a great performance to any character she plays. Gil also meets a young French girl called Adriana, played by Marion Cotillard. Adriana is one of my favourite characters from the film, as she is so innocent and delicate but keeps getting into trouble with all the married men that chase after her. Cotillard plays her beautifully and wears the most amazing dresses throughout the film. Her character also tells Gill that she moved to Paris to study fashion with Coco Chanel. Exciting. And speaking of fashion, the costumes featured throughout the film are beautiful, the variety of flapper dresses is amazing, along with the hair makes a very believable 1920s era in Paris.
This film is beautiful, the acting is amazing and the art behind the film mixed together perfectly. I think everyone should see this movie at least once, and even if it doesn’t sound appealing at least watch it for the shots of Paris. But trust me you won’t be disappointed with this film. Well I hope you enjoyed thus review and why I love it so much and ultimately why it inspired my blog title.
Keep an eye for my next post which will be my highlights of this seasons fashion weeks, starting with New York and London.