About a week ago, a friend came over to watch Midnight in Paris. I don’t remember seeing the trailer on TV when the movie was released to theater this past summer, but saw it pop through on a “what’s new to redbox” email. After hearing a few good things about it, I decided to check it out. I had some expectations about it, but they weren’t too high as I hadn’t read much about it.

The movie is a romantic comedy about a young couple who travel to Paris. The man, a writer, has this romanticized view of Paris in the 20’s, and desires to go back to that time. The film is beautifully shot, with a number of fantastic actors and actresses giving excellent performances. The movie was incredibly enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend it.

Midnight In Paris is an excellent reminder of how easy it is to romanticize the lives of others, which is generally challenged once we actually get an “inside look” into their lives. It’s something that many of us struggle with from time to time, and the temptation of the grass being greener on the other side pops up from time to time. This movie discusses these themes through its beautiful and well written story.

If you’re looking for a good movie for a dinner and a movie themed night, this would be a fantastic pick!

I’ll leave you with a final quote from the movie: Paul: “Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking – the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in – its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.”

Now it’s your turn: Have you seen Midnight in Paris? Do you tend to romanticize other people, places, or eras?