|Midnight in Paris movie poster|
The movie was also, sadly, a classic manque. For years Allen has eschewed cheap political satire in his productions. In "Midnight in Paris" he proves unable to resist the temptation of typical Hollywood leftism. He could not resist exploitation of the usual leftist anti-war cliches. His hero played by Owen Wilson is a Bush-basher opposed to the Iraq war and contending with a tea-party supporting potential father in law. Allen set up the tea-party straw man in order to knock it down for dramatic effect.
How interesting that Allen shows an exalted reverence in his depiction of his Hemmingway character while at the same time opposing war and conflict. Did Hemmingway not serve in the First World War as an ambulance volunteer? Was Hemmingway not a committed, indeed, addictive war correspondent? Did Hemmingway not try to blow Nazi submarines out of the water in his fishing boat off of Cuba?
It seems that Allen is but a pale shadow of the reflected cultural heroes for whom he feels such keen nostalgia.
In his defence, it may be argued that he did provide gainful employment for the pulchritudinous Mme. Sarkozy who did a great job in the pic, by the way. Hard to imagine Woody hiring Laura Bush for a role though!