It was time to get out for a decent evening meal and a movie, so I enlisted the company of a couple of great gal pals that needed some time out also and hit the local Asian vegetarian scene where I could indulge my need for killer tofu and herbal tea.
Unfortunately, the choice of movie we saw left us feeling a little tepid and didn't manage to live up to the expectation that I had........oh well, you can't win 'em all.
Release Date: 2014
Running Time: 97 mins
When I think of Woody Allen movies I think of great film making, and that's a problem because not all of Woody's movies are as grand as Blue Jasmine, Mighty Aphrodite or Midnight in Paris. Some of them are just too much filler and not enough intrigue, and that is exactly what Magic in the Moonlight delivered.
After getting me excited with a fabulously interesting plot line about a magician that has a knack for exposing charlatan mediums, the movie fell into incredibly mundane dialogues between the main characters whom apparently had some amazing chemistry that I saw very little evidence of in their onscreen interactions.
Emma Stone was delightful as the youthful clairvoyant Sophie, but her infatuation with Firth's unpleasant character Stanley was not only utterly implausible, but it was a bit gross since he appeared to look more like her father than her potential suitor.
Firth's delivery of a cantankerous atheist was really underwhelming and the fact that he seemed to be shouting all of his lines got really annoying for me. The only thing that I did really enjoy was the lush French Riviera which formed a beautiful backdrop and really made me ache for the sunshine and a holiday by the sea.
For a comedy this was really lacking the funny element and I walked away feeling flat.
FINAL SAY: No magic at all
2 Chili Peppers