July 28, 2014

Movie Review: Magic in the Moonlight **

Unfortunately, the magic is missing in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. But here's what I like about it: it's only 98 minutes long.
Set in the 1920s, it's beautiful to watch and the costumes are exquisite. Colin Firth's performance is competent but he doesn't have much of a role to work with. Emma Stone is cute and appealing but overplays her part. The minor characters were much more fun to watch, except that I didn't really care what happened to any of them.
It's boring.
The script doesn't give the audience credit for any intelligence so just in case one would miss the themes of magic vs. reality or rationality vs. romance, all these concepts are spoken in dialogue like a big sign saying, "Just in case you don't know what the hell's going on..."
But the central point in this film is that 50ish Stanley (Colin Firth) falls in love with (Sophie) Emma Stone who is 25.
Remind you of anyone?
Two stars out of five for Magic in the Moonlight.

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