Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Midnight in Paris"

Woody Allen's, "Midnight in Paris," is the best film of his I have seen; although I admit to not seeing any in about twenty years. It is thoughtful, humorous, and philosophical. It moves at a sane pace (unlike most films today), has no gratuitous sex or violence, and is plot and character driven. It's quirky surreal device works well to help us ponder the idea of a golden age and how to live in the present.

Sadly, the worldview is atheistic Existentialism, which may be a kind of step up from the grim nihilism of his recent films. The message is to create and recognize meaning, despite the cosmic meaninglessness of the universe. But if everything is finally absurd, so is any sense of local meaning--in Paris or elsewhere.

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