22 September 2014 | Kicino
Pleasant and witty romantic comedy centered around illusion
How can you not like Woody Allen's witty script? In Magic in the Moonlight it is brilliantly acted out by the beautiful Emma Stone and stubborn and cynical Colin Firth. Similar to Woody's Allen's other comedies, it is full of fast–paced witty and bitter dialogue, fixation on death and absurdity of life. But this time there is an additional element of illusion involved which ironically sets and overthrows the stage. As the story unfolds, we are as surprised as some of the characters and yet still feel life is good.
The movie opens with successful and famous magician Stanley (Colin Firth) being invited by his childhood friend Howard (Simon McBurney) to debunk the swindle of renowned spiritualist Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) from the US staying in a client's villa in the French Rivera. The client Grace (Jacki Weaver) and her son Bryce (Hemish Linklater) are so impressed with Sophie that he is going to marry her.
The airy and condescending Stanley arrives and is immediately taken aback by the seemingly magical power of Sophie. As their interaction intensifies, his rational and analytical ability begin to be shaken by her effortless, spontaneous and unexplainable reading and communication power.
Sophie, on the other hand, challenges his rationality while bringing out the romantic side of him without his own awareness. The twists and turns are extremely logical and pleasant to watch as designed by Woody Allen's script and unbelievably delivered by these two great actors. It is almost like a suspense story and we are sucked in right from the beginning to follow the cast and explore together. Emma Stone shines with her charming eyes and smiles while Colin Firth reminds us of a young and babbling Woody Allen.
As Sophie, Stanley and even Woody Allen make a living creating illusions, perhaps we are all living in a self-inflicted reality to help us get through life. But what's wrong with it if it enhances our senses, making us appreciate life and be happy?
Maybe we do not really need to be so rational all the time. Let our body tell us what is happening (Stanley's tossing around at night). Just go with the flow and enjoy the ride that life throws at us.