Magic in the Moonlight(2014)
Colin Firth and Emma Stone lead Woody Allen’s romantic comedy set in 1920s upper-class France, where an Englishman (Firth) is brought in to expose a potentially fake spiritualist (Emma Stone) – but may have met his match. Co-stars Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River).
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BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
He's made more masterpieces than Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese combined, but Woody Allen films are still a gamble. It's an inevitable side effect of averaging one film a year for four decades. Amidst modern classics like Blue Jasmine and Vicky Christina Barcelona, there will inevitably be average movies (To Rome With Love and Small Time Crooks) and outright stinkers (Hollywood Ending; You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). For steadfast Woody Allen fans like me, his off-days are rarely a chore. While there are some joys to found in Magic In The Moonlight, they're far too few to lift it out of the 'stinker' category.... More
Like some of his crummier recent output, this feels like an old script Allen found in a drawer somewhere. The enterprise relies heavily upon Colin Firth's exasperated reaction to Emma Stone's potentially bogus medium - it's all-too easy to picture the inevitable romantic developments playing out much more successfully with a better-suited couple.
Complaining about the storyline in a Woody Allen film is like complaining about the food at the ballet – the joys are generally to be found in the characters. But this felt especially thin. I can't remember the last time actual boredom kicked in while watching one of his works, but it definitely reared its head here.
Supporting players like Hamish Linklater and hugely underrated character actor Simon McBurney do a lot with their small roles. The film should've been about them.Hide
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BY Zamm superstar
You cannot choose who you love, and this movie is all about that. Winning and losing love in every weird and nutty way is a fact of life that this movie successfully portrayed. In the end, love is so powerful that you only hope to get the happiness you so much want and think deserve.
Romantic, entertaining and easy to watch.
I like the acting and on-screen chemistry of Colin Firth and Emma Stone very much.
BY JenniferJ wannabe
This could have been an entertaining bit of fluff if it had been trimmed by about a third: visually, it's divine - glorious settings, perfect period detail in costume, hair and props. but - oh, dear! With Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Eileen Atkins playing the leads I really expected better, but they were let down by self-indulgent directing, sluggish editing and lethargic pace, resulting in a movie that limps along despite the high-quality cast. Turkey.
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