Magic in the Moonlight review

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Alright. I went to see another movie, this time a Woody Allen flick. Saw it in yet another genuine Art Deco theater. If I’m going to see a movie, I don’t care for recent glitz. They’re pretty bland. Give me an old Art Deco theater.

This time, it was a Woody Allen flick, so I’ll do a Magic in the Moonlight review. Woody Allen once again wrote and directed it and it was released in 2014.

Magic in the Moonlight review
Magic in the Moonlight 2014

Wei Ling Soo, played by Colin Firth, is a famous orientalist magician and in real life, he’s really a skeptic named Stanley. A strong skeptic. A skeptic that absolutely loathes mystics and lives for debunking them.

Emma Stone is a babe

So of course Emma Stone plays the American mystic named Sophie and Stanley is sent on a mission to debunk Sophie. I say of course because you see this one coming from a mile away. Despite Sophie having a millionaire going nuts for her and despite Stanley being engaged to a fellow rational, a chemistry starts to develop between the two (of course). And of course, it will lead to the question. You know the question. I don’t even have to say it.

If Sophie a fraud or the real deal? That’s the subplot. Also Eileen Atkins played Aunt Vanessa, who as the movie went on, seems more and more to be Stanley’s conscience.

I won’t give away anything else, but I will say that Emma Stone as the American in France steals the show. Set in the 1920s, I love a good period piece. Yeah, I know. I’m a sucker for that crap. I’ve heard other reviews say the movie seemed rushed and still other reviews say it didn’t live up to Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Whatever.

Looked good

I felt the movie stood well on its own and genuinely looked good. I loved the sets. I loved the costumes. I loved the pacing. Of course it helped to be in an Art Deco theater on a date with a beautiful girl, but still, either see it in an Art Deco theater or rent it with someone you intend to see more of later on in the evening. It’s a great date flick.

Colin Firth was OK at best and a drag at worst. Emma Stone stole the show. She radiated and looked magnificent in flapper clothing. She alone was worth the price of admission.

Is it as good as Vicky Cristina Barcelona? No. But still, enjoy it with that special someone. It’s really cute.

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