June 09, 2011

Midnight in Paris

After X-Men, we got lunch and headed back to the Empire for our second screening - Woody Allen’s latest time travel comedy, Midnight in Paris. Following the rowdy morning crowd, we had a more subdued audience to look forward to for the second go-round. People who go to see Woody Allen movies don’t tend to fuck around on their phone or talk to the screen. But we did get the obligatory old-person-who-hasn’t-completely-figured-out-how-their-phone-works moment halfway into the film. You know, it rings… rings… rings… they figure out it’s theirs, and it rings… rings… and they don‘t know how to turn it off. But that can only be expected when you’re in the midst of an older, more upscale crowd.
We saw this movie in theater #7 - one of the best screens at the Empire, and home to really comfortable leather seats. You might have seen these leather seats at other AMC theaters. I noticed them in at least one of the rooms at the 34th Street 14, but only a few rows of them. In Theater 7 at the Empire, every seat is like that. They're really nice. Anyway, what's also nice about this auditorium is that it's tucked away from the crowds in an intimate little area of the theater. You have to take a separate escalator in order to reach 7 and 8, and the area has its own separate set of bathrooms that are much quieter and cleaner than the rest. So it's a more relaxed vibe, which suits this film very well. But that's not to say that we didn't encounter anything odd.

Mike: Right when we got in, I was grossed out by an old lady who sat next to us eating a pint of ice cream and put her bare feet on the railing. But anyway, people are coming out in droves to see this. Is it because it makes those of us who paid attention in history class feel smart? That might be part of the appeal, or it could just be that this is another example of Woody Allen near the top of his game.
Erica:  It was a really good Woody Allen film. I was a bit surprised that Owen Wilson was able to carry the lead role very well as a struggling author who is in a loveless relationship with his fiancee who seems like he is craving more and needs bigger and better things. I think the trailer is what drove people to see this movie. The mysteriousness of the film and what exactly happens in Paris at midnight. I don't think this was really a matter of who paid attention in history class as most people (at least I hope) know who Picasso & Hemingway are.
It was more than just Picasso and Hemingway, though. The trailer was alright, but I think what's driving people to the theater is more than that. It's the buzz, the concept, and the exciting, beautiful setting. I can't imagine people leaving the theater disappointed, and I see this being a sleeper hit going well into the Summer. And deservedly so.
As far as the older crowd, I think that is just the audience of Allen's movies. I was intrigued by this film and think that people should definitely check this movie out. It was worth the admission.

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