There is no magic in theater during Magic in the Moonlight, the latest offering from Woody Allen. Although I’m a huge Colin Firth fan, as well as a fan of Emma Stone, both of them should have skipped this project. It was forgettable and anything but magical.
Colin Firth plays Stanley, a magician, who is a rotten curmudgeon of a man, who, if he had a New York accent instead of a stilted British one, would probably be close to a copy of Woody Allen. Why Allen thinks that anyone would choose a grumpy, verbally abusive jerk, like himself is beyond me. Although I don’t think that Sophie (Emma Stone’s character) would really find a lasting match with Hamish Linklater either, the idea of her choosing Stanley really bothered the heck of of me. Woody Allen loves to have grumpy old men get the young, impressionable engeniux, but who actually wants to do that in real life?
Magic in the Moonlight has a number of other problems as well. This is one of those films, where you are painfully aware of the fact that the actors are acting, all the way through the film. Add to that the fact that the film really doesn’t have much of a plot, and we’re left with two hours of tortured dialog that is crying out for better treatment than it gets.
I’m sure that some people are going to go and say that I was too harsh; that the banter was witty (which it was at times) and the story was sweet and overall pleasant. These comments would be true to a point, but it’s all a bit like milk toast, just not a lot to it. It’s more like something you would give to someone young and inexperienced, who doesn’t know how to differentiate the good from the rather dreadful. My advice is to skip this one unless you’re a hard-core, Woody Allen fan. There are much better things to do with you time.
The one saving grace of this film is the cinematography; that’s where the magic is in Magic in the Moonlight. Darius Khondji plays sleight of hand with light and gives us a visual delight. It’s just such a shame that there isn’t more magic to be had in other areas of the film.
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