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Really enjoyed this film. Haven't fully enjoyed a Woody Allen film since Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona although I love his early films. This film had everything for the art lover, a real ode to Paris in the 20's, from writers (loved Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein) to musicians (Cole Porter anyone) to painters (Adrien Brody was a riot as Dali) Owen Wilson was delightful as the writer, Gil, with a love of nostalgia about to be married to the annoyingly ultra-modern Inez (Rachel McAdams in an atypically bitchy role) There's quite a bit of magic realism in this film, but it works because the time period Gil steps back into is that of 1920's Paris with all its beauty and creativity. These cameos work well and are very entertaining. Loved the Fitzgeralds (Alison Pill was very good as party-girl Zelda); the philandering Picasso (and especially his mistress, played by the wonderful Marion Cotillard); and the bizarre Spanish director, Luis Bunuel. The portrayal of Hemingway was pretty funny too, he speaks like one of his characters, in short clipped sentences, frequently using the word 'hero.' The film will mostly appeal to those who have some knowledge of the time period and of the various artists. It's not an overly serious film but a love letter to Paris and the creative spirit.
|9/10||julieb43@ - 50 reviews|
8.6.2011 - age: 36-49
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