'Midnight in Paris' trailer: Woody Allen paints the City of Love

Ah, Paris. City of love. Home of Pepé Le Pew. Meet Woody Allen, whose often fatalistic ideas about human behavior can inspire sweet romance or pulverize naive notions of l’amore in his films. Midnight in Paris, due May 20, is Allen’s latest painting of a fabled European city — after London, Barcelona, and, coming soon, Rome. The trailer starts by practically framing Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in a Monet painting, but their love is about to be tested. But of course! There’s a bearded pseudo-intellectual who’s in the way. There’s a bevy of beautiful belles — including Carla Bruni. McAdams tells her blond beau that he’s “in love with a fantasy,” and she doesn’t realize just how right she may be, after he discovers a magical, mysterious after-hours locale, full of Parisian delights. It might not be the Moulin Rouge, but it’s on the same block. Regardez le video.

I like to imagine Allen wore a beret while making this film. How does Wilson rate as an Allen protagonist? After Wedding Crashers, How Do You Know, The Royal Tenenbaums — and virtually every other movie he’s made — it might take me a while to think of him as this antisocial character.

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  • Eli

    Rachel McAdams AND Marion Cotillard in one movie? With Paris as the backdrop? Forget Owen Wilson, though I do like him, I’m in!

  • DRG

    I hope they keep their daughters a good distance from him.

    • Chris

      Did I miss something? What did he do to someone’s daughter?

      • Chris

        Oh nevermind. I was thinking you were talking about Owen Wilson. Now the light bulb just went off and I see your talking about Woody Allen.

    • dman

      why are you obsessed with young girls? perv.

  • miss k

    So so so so so in!!!!!!

  • Sven

    Looks great, with the same joie de vivre as Vicky Christina Barcelona…

  • emma

    cotillard i want to see her more

  • Mathy

    I wonder why you mention “l’amore” instead of “l’amour” when the film is set in Paris. And to go one step further, you should have said “Regardez LA vidéo.”

    • jack

      Sounds like somebody is looking to outdo the douchiness of the bearded psuedo-intellectual of the film

      • Jenny

        it is “la video” and l’amour. I don’t see how it is douchey to correct mistakes

      • Mel

        @Jenny– if you’re not his editor or his French teacher, then it’s rather pompous.

      • Buster Cretin

        Oh my God! Have you tasted the smoky tannins in this wine???

      • SirLizard

        @Mel, someone shouldn’t have to be an editor or a French teacher to expect a paid journalist to adhere to correct spelling or usage, no matter what language. There’s nothing pompous about having standards regarding grammar or spelling.

  • tracy bluth

    Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams are two of the best young actress today. I’m glad Woody is working with them instead of, say, Scarlett Johansson again.

  • talkin’

    Have been boycotting Woody Allen for several years but admit I might see this one when it comes to on demand tv. If it wasn’t Woody Allen I’d pay to see it.

    • Shane

      … Sigh. I’ve never paid money to see a Woody Allen movie, but if I paid to see Rachel McAdams in Morning Glory, I suppose I can pay to see this.

  • mags

    Looks like a fun movie. Hope it lives up to Vicki Christina Barcelona standards – maybe Woody has his groove back after all.

  • jt

    yay!! Looks very promising.

  • realangst

    I am a super huge fan and believe that Woody Allen got his groove back once he left New York. The films he has made since then are most entertaining and shows me that the dialogue of his elites do not only reside in New York. Match Point and Vicki Cristina Barcelona were superb. The rest since he left New York have been good stories with Scoop and Cassandra’s Dream standing out. But when he returned to NYC to do that movie with Larry David, I thought all bets were off. Now he is back in Europe and he might not be Stella but he definitely has his groove back!

  • Mel

    GAWD, I love Paris. Maybe I could watch the entire movie on mute?

    • Diane

      Mel – made me laugh out loud. My sentiments exactly! I’d watch practically anything done in Paris, but never thought of the “mute” move. Brilliant idea.

  • SirLizard

    This isn’t Woody Allen’s first cinematic trip to Paris. “Everyone Says I Love You” was partially set in Paris, as well as in Venice and Allen’s old standby, New York.

  • Celine

    Woody Allen outdid himself in this film..Paris never looked more beautiful,and Owen Wilson’s acting should deem an Oscar nod.

  • Icarus Lazuli

    For a Woody’s films lover, it’s safe to say and discovery if an actor is good or bad. The way the actors work is directed by Woody, giving them a naturalness, spontaneity and improvisation, makes us forget other characters played by actors (often in bad movies) and to wich we associate them.
    I also strange and was surprised with the choice of Owen Wilson to protagonist …!
    I was a little disappointed with this latest phase of European Woody … Among other comparisons with the preceding phases, I missed his presence as a protagonist.
    Woody is impossible to replace and extremely difficult to transpose to others actors the characteristics and singularities of his characters (or “character type”, if I may say so).
    Of course, any film directed by Woody Allen is far better than any other commercial film. It’s a genius!
    Well, I have to go see the movie.

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