We’ve all wished at one time or another that we lived in another time. I wish I could live in the distant future. Sailing around the universe in the space ship “seeking out new life and new civilizations, boldly going where…”
The time…the…afternoon sometime. Madison and I wanted to see either the Vow or Studio Ghibli’s new move, the Secret of Arrietty, based on the story of The Borrowers. We have had 4 free passes since christmas, so we were ready and willing to sit in a dark room for a couple of hours while munching down on salty buttery corn that has been “popped”. But when we looked at the theaters we had free passes to, the movies we wanted were not playing. So…we went home. We stopped off at Fred Meyer and got some french bread for spaghetti. As we left we looked in the Redbox. ”Do you see anything?” “What about Midnight in Paris, we’ve been wanting to see that”. “Okay whats it about?” ”Owen Wilson in Paris at Midnight”. When we got home we put in the movie and…a couple hours later…MY MIND WAS BLOWN!!! It was great. Kind of Sci Fi which is right up our alley.
The story revolves around Gil, a Hollywood screenwriter portrayed by Owen Wilson. He is engaged to be married to Inez, played by Rachel McAdams. We know by the way that she treats him they shouldn’t be together. One night she goes dancing with her friends and Gil decides to go for a walk. He gets a little drunk and they sits down on some steps outside. The clock strikes midnight and along comes a car from the 1920′s. A bunch of people open the door and ask Gil to come with. So…he does. They drive and he is transported to the 1920′s, what he says is the golden age. There he meets Cole Porter, Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and many others. Every night he goes back to the 1920′s. He soon realizes that the people in the 1920′s believe that the 1890′s are the golden age. What happens to Gil? What happens in the 1920′s? What happens to his marriage?
Watch the movie. Its wonderful, probably one of my favorite screenplays lately.
We give this move a 10/10.
Seriously, if you haven’t watched it…rent it now.