Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is actually magical [Review]

Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is actually magical [Review]

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Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.

In Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, Colin Firth plays Stanley, a haughty, cynical man who has made his name debunking claims of magic and mysticism. Emma Stone is a clairvoyant who has everyone fooled. Stanley is called on to unmask Sophie, but as they get to know one another, events take a turn for the surprising.

Firth and Stone's interactions alone are worth the ticket price. But Allen adds to this a supporting cast which includes Stanley's Aunt Vanessa (Eileen Atkins) - a glorious example of an early feminist - Brice (Hamish Linklater), a ukulele-playing millionaire who is in love with Sophie, and Stanley's bumbling childhood friend Howard (Simon McBurney), who brings them all together, and a script which could have been penned by P.G. Wodehouse.

A "good" film doesn't necessarily have to be scripted so that only philosophy graduates can understand them or be CGI'd to death. Sometimes the magic comes from wonderful actors, a storyline mysterious enough to keep you guessing until the end, and such beautiful filming that you feel you're actually in, as here, the south of France, not a freezing cinema. Magic in the Moonlight is definitely one of these.

 

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