Wednesday, August 27, 2014

[Movie] Magic in the Moonlight

This movie was directed by Woody Allen.  We had originally gone to see a Most Wanted Man but it was at another theater.  We ended up seeing this  It was delightful.  It was also delightful that Woody Allen wasn't in it.

The basic plot of the movie is that the world's greatest magician who dresses in chinese yellow face, is also the world's greatest debunker of the supernatural. His college, who is only moderately successful invites him to check out a 'real' psychic he thinks is fake but needs help proving it.  This is, at heart a love story, but I want to avoid spoilers.  Just because I saw what was happening fairly early on, doesn't mean everyone will.  That's the delightful thing about this movie, it is a surprise and yet familiar enough to make the plot comprehensible.

The setting in a castle/manor is set in the south of France and is utterly gorgeous.  The costumes for the period, set at the turn of the century, are also fantastic.  The acting is excellent but the cinematography is one of the best parts of the movie.

I highly recommend it.

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