BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN ROMANCE FICTION
When I wrote the horror romance, Artistic License, I was inspired by the art of the greats—Mondrian, Escher, Van Gogh. I was also inspired by the power art has to change a person’s life.
Midnight in Paris shows the best (and worst) of these feelings on film, but it is also a love story. The love between a man and the greats of the 1920s.
Gil Pender is an unsatisfied script writer with a fiancé who barely pays attention to him. He’s nostalgic to the point of actually wanting to live back when his idols lived in the 20s. Somehow his wish gives birth to an ability to travel back in time. When Gil meets Hemingway and Fitzgerald, his life changes. He begins living in the past and spending less time in the present.
Imagine if you could hob nob with your favorite writers, artists, and musicians of the past. A time when you could drop in at Gertrude Stein’s to get your writing critiqued or view the newest piece from Picasso. When Dali might invite you for a drink or Cole Porter might write you a song.
Although Gil’s conclusion that, “You have to let go of your romantic thoughts of the past” to find happiness in the future is bleak and possibly a deal-breaker for creatives, this flick is a fun, visual trek through Paris.
It also deals with something every new writer is told to do… Stop dreaming and write what you know. This is also something we never CAN do. What is a writer’s life but a dream punctuated with a few moments of the surreal?
Gil lives for a time in a really nice dream. A dream that might carry him away if he lets it. But does this film ask you to put away your dreams? Or does it teach you that dreams are often too perfect and life isn’t interesting unless it’s messy?