Magic in the Moonlight
Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Simon McBurney Here is Woody Allen’s annual rom com. It opens in Berlin in 1928 with famous magician Stanley, played by Colin Firth. His childhood friend and fellow magician, Howard, arrives at his show to offer Stanley an interesting proposition.
Stanley is to accompany Howard to the south of France where his friends are being ‘wooed’ by an American spiritualist. Stanley’s job is to unmask Sophie Baker (played by Emma Stone) as a fraud. He is best suited to this job because he is an outspoken opponent of spiritualists and fortune tellers, being strictly driven by rational thought, logic and common sense.
Sophie undoes Stanley’s rationality very quickly. She shows him that life has more magic and mystery to it than he will admit. As he embraces life and finds himself very happy, will the biggest sceptic in the world be won over by Miss Baker?
Emma Stone does a very convincing job being charming, but I think the script was a bit limiting for Firth. Excellent performances from veteran actors like Eileen Atkins and Australian Jacki Weaver.
Woody Allen is pretty ‘hit and miss’ these days. He has a cracker of a film like Blue Jasmine one year, and then he has a regular ‘Sundayafternoon-teaandbiscuits-lovethedresses-kissColinFirth-goodbutnotgreat’ movie like this one. It’s a bit slow in places and doesn’t contain the rapid dialogue that Allen fans love, but it’s still enjoyable and worth a watch.