When I finally saw this, I have to say that this is a case of benefiting greatly from not reading much of anything about the film before seeing it. We have some great threads here, but once in a while it's worth saving reading them until after you see the film. Therefore, if you haven't seen the film, stop reading this thread and go see it first.
It was pure magic when Gil first meets F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald for the first. I was as surprised as he was. I don't know quite what I was expecting, but it wasn't that - time travel to visit and have conversations with artists of the past. As the film continued, I was looking forward to each midnight as much as Gil was. There was something Narnian/wardrobish to that '20s Rolls Royce that kept driving by that one particular street corner. Midnight in Paris
may just be the film that perfectly illustrates C.S. Lewis's thought on fairy tales in the essay, On Three Ways of Writing for Children
pgs. 29-30 -
... It would be much truer to say that fairy land arouses a longing for he knows not what. It stirs and troubles him (to his life-long enrichment) with the dim sense of something beyond his reach and, far from dulling or emptying the actual world, gives it a new dimension of depth. He does not despise the real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted. This is a special kind of longing ...
And for Gil, his magical trips to the past world ultimately help him view the modern world as just a little enchanted. (Not too far off from the Tolkien quote SDG found for his review.)
And besides, I'm a sucker for films about writers (Barton Fink, Finding Forrester, Finding Neverland, How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, A Love Song for Bobby Long, Nostalghia, Wonder Boys
), but this may be one of the most charming and innocent ones that I've seen yet. It captures the writer's search for something meaningful to think about - in order to have something meaningful to write about. Gil knows that there is something he wants to express, but he's struggling with being able to find the words - so it's by talking to his literary heroes that he eventually finds it. How fantastic is that? How many times when we are struggling to write does visiting old favorite authors end up helping? Lots.
Lauren Wilford, on 13 July 2011 - 01:25 PM, said:
SDG, on 21 July 2011 - 02:36 PM, said:
Looks like I missed linking to my review
Great stuff. Both were highly enjoyable to read after seeing the film. Thanks.