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> Magic in the Moonlight, Director / Writer : Woody Allen | Colin Firth & Emma Stone
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post Sep 5 2014, 09:46 PM
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I have watched every movie made by Woody Allen at the cinema in the last 6 years (Whatever Works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love, Blue Jasmine and Magic in the Moonlight). He was not always the leading actor of his movies but he always cares to include very decent actors in his films. In his new film, Colin Firth stars as one of the best actors of his generation and the leading actress is Emma Stone who is very popular with her latest roles. One more time, his new film released this season (late August-Early September) and it's one of the best choices for someone who wants to watch it in an outdoor cinema (Warning! Make sure that the movie theater is not located next to a highway/speedway).
"The Magic in the Moonlight" was a very pleasant movie. The script was well-written and the main story was very interesting to watch. I have noticed that Woody Allen likes to write stories which deal with magic issues (Midnight in Paris) and he tackles them in such a way for the purpose of having one conclusion. He never supports an authoritarian view and he always presents both sides on a controversial issue but he always ends up in what he believes. The fact that he uses this method to show us some personal views on philosophical and existential issues, it shows that this man is simply genius! Many people know this specific method, but a few of them use it correctly.
Regarding the performance, they were done very well by everyone. Colin Firth usually plays nerveless characters but he had a more intense acting with this character. Woody Allen wont convert his protagonists of his films like caricatures of him, without this reducing the prestige of his films. Besides, we get to see this many times in his previous films so it would be very disappointing to see a subdued performance of the character interpreted by Firth. The co-star Emma Stone was the most suitable for the role. Her facial expressions and her acting fit perfectly into this film. The direction was remarkable and the cinematography was the best of a Woody Allen film. It had beautiful outside shots and the photography was magnificent (reminiscent of Greece). It may not be the best film he has made throughout his career, but definitely spent a very pleasant evening watching it. This movie has something to say and is not confined within a conventional romantic comedy.
"Magic in the Moonlight" is so far a modest Box Office success but anyway, Allen's films has never been very commercial (apart from a few exceptions). They are usually artistic successes and it is not random that he was nominated 24 times by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences either as screenwriter or director or as an actor. However, his new film has received a decent score on the valid source IMDB (6,9) but for this creator we would say that it's quite average. Nevertheless, "The Magic in the Moonlight" is an entertaining movie that passes messages over time and it will be even better if you watch it under the moonlight.

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post Sep 20 2014, 09:37 PM
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Lovely to see Marcia Gay Harden and Hamish Linklater in supporting roles after their latest TV shows got binned.

Thought the ending was sweet, the movie was a nice way to pass time but not much else really though I did prefer it to Colin's offering of "The Railway Man" from earlier in the year.
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post Sep 28 2014, 11:49 PM
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Really enjoyed this. Saw it at an arthouse cinema this evening (showing was delayed by 40 minutes due to technical problems so the adverts and trailers were cut) and Colin + Emma were amazing
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