Tuesday, September 6, 2011
There is a lighthearted nature to the film that is often lacking in Woody's films. Perhaps it is the performance of Owen Wilson, who's likability Allen used to full effect. The fantasy element also is also something new for Allen. At times, the film is a who's who of 1920s Paris, but that is the part of the great fun in this film. Gil observes the Fitzgerald's marriage at first hand, gets writing advice from Hemingway, and a critique from Gertrude Stein. The writing life is another big theme, since Gil who is tired of writing scripts for Hollywood wants to stay in Paris and work on his novel - a common dilemma in Allen's films. His bourgeois in-laws will have none of it. Yes, the film is predictable and sentimental, but also full of lighthearted humor and smart writing.