I’m going to start this off with a SPOILER ALERT! IF you haven’t seen Woody Allen’s new movie, “Midnight in Paris”, and if you think you might want to see it unencumbered by any spoilers, or the viewpoint of a random webseries director, then go see it, and read this after.
If you don’t care to see it, don’t care if you know some stuff that happens in the movie before seeing it, or aren’t a Woody Allen fan, then read on. Wait, scratch the part about not being a Woody Allen fan. I’m not one, and I actually really enjoyed the film, so you might too. Go see it, then read this.
OK. You’re back. Either you went to see “Midnight in Paris”, or you didn’t. If you went and watched “One Night in Paris”, that’s completely different. Last I heard, Woody Allen doesn’t direct porn. Though he did direct “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask”. That movie is one of the reasons that I don’t count myself a fan, but that doesn’t really apply here.
So, (and here’s the spoiler) there’s time travel in “Midnight in Paris.” Owen Wilson’s character (a writer, of course) travels back in time and meets several of his literary idols in the 1920′s expatriate community in Paris. Of course, there’s doubt-is he REALLY traveling back in time, or is it all in his imagination? Allen addresses this by having a detective (sent to follow Gil, Owen Wilson’s character) disappear into the past.
I suppose the “science fiction” elements of this film are debatable, since there is no obvious technology that brings Gil to the past, and I’d imagine that Woody Allen purists would not want to associate the penultimate nebbish mensch with a genre they may see as lowbrow. But I think Mr. New York has some Sci Fi tendencies. There are other films of his with sci fi elements…Zelig is one that comes to mind, but he didn’t direct that. There may be others, but like I said, I’m not a fan, so someone else will have to fill in the details.
Anyway, I liked this one, maybe because I can identify with what Gil was feeling about the artists of the past, because of the latent time travel theme, or maybe simply because it is a well crafted film. What do you think? Is “Midnight in Paris” science fiction?