Culture Street

Film

Film Review: Magic in the Moonlight

On August 28, 2014

By Sophia Whitfield

Woody Allen’s follow up to Blue Jasmine doesn’t quite carry the same punch as his previous successes. Set in the 1920s to a beautiful backdrop on the French Riviera, Magic in the Moonlight is a light hearted comedy starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.

Stanley (Colin Firth) is a well known Chinese illusionist, Wei Ling Soo, who has used science, not magic, to conjure his many tricks. Few know that in reality he is a pompous Englishman. His favourite pastime is debunking imposters who pose a threat to his learned craft.

He is enticed by friend Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney), to the Catledge manor on the French Riviera where the young, lovable Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) is causing quite a stir. Having been taken in by the Catledge family, Sophie enthrals them with her predictions of the future and her ability to talk to those no longer living. Stanley is determined to prove her to be an imposter.

Grace (Jacki Weaver), the matriarch of the great Catledge family, adores Sophie. She is taken in by Sophie’s charm and her striking ability to reconnect her with her late beloved husband. Weaver is quite brilliant in the role. She exhibits charm and naivety as the aging dignified mother who has clearly never had to concern herself with financial matters.

Colin Firth and Emma Stone both bring certain panache to their roles but it is uncomfortable watching as the age difference between the two is so pronounced.

Woody Allen was perhaps striving for something a little deeper that doesn’t quite come off in this romantic comedy. In the end it is the beauty and style of the French Riviera in the 1920s that steals the show.

Magic in the Moonlight is released today across Australia.

You Might Also Like

Film

CLINT EASTWOOD’S “THE MULE” BEGINS PRODUCTION

Cameras rolled today on filmmaker Clint Eastwood’s next feature film, a drama entitled The Mule. In addition to directing, the veteran actor will step in front of the lens again,...

On June 5, 2018

Film

Emma Thompson on sexism in Hollywood

Emma Thompsosn has launched a scathing attack on Hollywood’s sexism.

On July 22, 2015

Film

First look at Focus trailer starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade,...

On December 23, 2014
 

Film

Stop everything and watch the first trailer for Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson

Social media went into a frenzy today with the release of the new Disney live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. The trailer opens with a haunting but beautiful, desolate...

On May 24, 2016

Books

Big Cover Reveal for Bridget Jones's Baby

The anticipation of the next Bridget Jones film is almost too much. Now we have been teased with the front cover of Helen Fielding's fourth book which will be released...

On August 30, 2016

Film

A Sequel to Love Actually?

With 97 sleeps until Christmas we are already thinking about dusting off the Christmas films. Love Actually (2004) is always a favourite. We could not be more excited about a...

On September 20, 2016
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au