By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight centers on a master magician who falls in love with a stunning and funny but phony clairvoyant that he is trying to unmask and expose. They end up falling in love with each other. And so one feels pffft, fashionably predictable.
Set in Cote d’Azur in France, this awesome choice of a place scored well for absolute romanticism and opulence in 1920s.
Actress Emma Stone, as Sophie Baker, is the saving grace in the movie. Her acting is perfectly hilarious and enchanting, and like magic, she successfully makes it appear that fraud is the last thing she could do.
Pairing Stone with Colin Firth, playing as Europe’s most celebrated magician Stanley Crawford, is stretching it too far for their age and physical appearance. It did not sit well physically and philosophically, much of a reflection of Allen’s inner conviction as an artist.
Although Firth’s portrayal of the magician’s role is undoubtedly superb – funny, sarcastic, confused, in denial – he is looking much of a father to the young and skinny Stone.
Philosophically, Allen has espoused, without strong ground, that a woman could fall in love with an arrogant man who preys into her life and trustworthiness. That’s just absolutely unbelievable, and pushing hard the writer’s macho mindset.
After generously making the audience laugh from start to finish, this Allen movie will go down as one of the forgettables.
Production: Dippermouth Productions
Cast: Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater,
Simon McBurney, Emma Stone, Jackie Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Catherine
McCormack, Jeremy Shamos
Director: Woody Allen
Screenwriter: Woody Allen
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson
Executive producer: Ronald L. Chez
Director of photography: Darius Khondji
Production designer: Anne Seibel
Costume designer: Sonia Grande
Editor: Alisa Lepselter
PG-13 rating, 96 minutes