Magic in the Moonlight2014
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Magic in the Moonlight
No kind of chemistry between the two ever arises, making their eventual romance, arrived at through pages of halting dialogue, feel particularly awkward.
A rather lovely cast, including Colin Firth and Emma Stone, is wasted on a story so old-fashioned and repetitive that it feels like Oscar Wilde with a wit lobotomy.
It's an accomplished, stately movie -- unimpassioned but pleasing.
Magic in the Moonlight feels like the work of a 78-year-old director. If you're prepared to indulge him, though, it is also a film of considerable, playful charm.
From the outset, Magic in the Moonlight is painfully artificial.
Audience Reviews for Magic in the Moonlight
The dialogue is painfully expository and it is hard to accept that such a self-centered rationalist would be this easily convinced without asking the most fundamental questions about what he is witnessing. Besides, the plot is too predictable for anyone acquainted with Allen's works.
A miss for Woody. Beautiful looking film with Colin Firth fine in the lead but the usually charming Emma Stone is completely wrong as the supposedly mystical woman in question. Suggesting not an ounce of gossamer glow nor in any way a woman of the 1920's when the film is set she seems nothing but a miscast actress at sea. It doesn't help that she and Firth share zero chemistry on screen.
While most of this film will just go over your head as far as caring about the deep voabulary used to explain characters, "Magic in the Moonlight" is also an endearing film (albeit slow) about how love can change ones perspective on everything. Sure, there is much more under the surface of that notion, but we are talking about a Woody Allen picture here after all. Surprisingly, I bought the chemistry between Emma Stone and Colin Firth, because just after the first act I really felt as though it would have been forced. Is this one of Woddy Allen's most profound works of art? No, but for someone who has had a long string of average movies lately, this one stood out to me. The natural conversations about the world and what it truly is, really got to me. Not everything is all sunshine and rainbows, but the film chooses to stay mostly in the sunshine (figuratively), which I thought was very intriguing. "Magic in the Moonlight" is a very well-made picture with witty performances and a good enough story to warrant the dialogue that I enjoyed. Is this a film I will be remembering for a long time? No, but for the meantime, it was a very pleasant watch.
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