Movie Review: Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris, or Woody Allen’s Ode to France, is a lovely film that explores nostalgia in the most charming and entertaining way possible. The plot centers on Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), a disillusioned Hollywood writer who dreams of being a novelist in Paris in the roaring 20s. He gets his wish as he is transported via a very cool vintage car to 1920’s Paris every night at midnight. There he has all kinds of adventures with such historic giants as the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, and Picasso.
Now, the plot to this film is all well and good, but the costume design is the reason for this movie’s mention here. Every scene that takes place during the 1920s is like candy for the eyes and left me ooh-ing and aw-ing for the whole film. Adriana’s (Marion Cotillard) costumes are especially stunning, a myriad of shimmering, flowing flapper gowns and adorable drop-waist dresses. She is always accessorized with the most beautiful chandelier necklaces and small sequined bags. Other characters are similarly decked out. Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill) is seen in the loveliest little black dress when you first meet her and other women in the scene’s background are wearing hats and jewelry that are to-die-for. It took me two episodes of Project Runway, about three hours perusing Wiseling and the vintage sections of Etsy and Ebay, and a bowl of cookie dough ice cream to come down from the fashion high created by this film. I will be returning to this movie again, with a bowl of popcorn in one hand and my laptop open to my favorite vintage shopping sites in the other.
Kim Stewart is Wiseling’s Fashion Marketing and PR Intern.