As I said last week when I added Drive to the number four position on my ever changing Top Ten Best of 2011, I was ever changing and I would be seeing more of the movies that ended up on the Best Picture list. Now, I have seen Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and can safely say it deserves to be on my Top Ten list. However, where it ends up on the list is a small problem.
Midnight in Paris does a lot really right. The atmosphere is absolutely perfect. The music is fantastic. The cinematography is brilliant. The city really does come to life on the screen and it's truly fun to watch. The story is fantastic and should win for best screenplay. It's sort for an experience like Alice in Wonderland. What's going on (Which I won't spoil) is never really explained. But it's not really supposed to. We are experiencing what Owen Wilson's character is experiencing and it really absorbs you into the world and story.
However, there is quite a bit that doesn't work. The acting is pretty lackluster. No one is anything spectacular and Wilson is miscast in a role that, while he does fine in, need more subltey and care than Wilson gives. It's not enough to kill the movie, but is enough to keep it from being really special, landing Midnight in Paris in the very dangerous Number 10 spot.
The Current Top Ten List:
(Note that due to rewatching some other movies on this list, some other small changes have been made)
1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2. Kung Fu Panda 2
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
6. Super 8
7. Crazy, Stupid, Love
8. The Muppets
10. Midnight in Paris