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Magic in the Moonlight

July 22, 2014 by Alison Bailes divider image

Woody Allen churns out films at an alarming rate. And at this point, one has to wonder whether the lure of an exotic location might be more of an incentive for his film-making than a well-crafted script. As a fan, I enjoy even Allen’s weaker output, among which I would place “Magic in the Moonlight”. […]


Woody Allen churns out films at an alarming rate. And at this point, one has to wonder whether
the lure of an exotic location might be more of an incentive for his film-making than a well-crafted script.
As a fan, I enjoy even Allen’s weaker output, among which I would place “Magic
in the Moonlight”. It is full of Allen-esque bons mots and philosophical musings but it has the
distinct feel of déjà vu, as if he were recycling moments from other better films.

Set on the Cote d’Azur in the late twenties it involves a Houdini-like illusionist who enjoys
debunking the scam spiritualists who prey on the gullible rich. Colin Firth plays Stanley,
the stage entertainer who is under no illusion about magic, telepathy or clairvoyance. He is
pragmatic, blunt and pompous…a Henry Higgins just waiting to be saved by his flower girl.

She arrives in the shape of Sophie (Emma Stone) a young, self-professed seer who facilitates
spiritual seances with the help of her mother played by Marcia Gay Harden (who criminally has
nothing to do in this movie!). Sophie has enchanted a wealthy widow (Jacki Weaver) who wants
to contact her late husband, and in the doing, has seduced her drip of a son (Hamish Linklater,
quite good). They are poised to become affianced but it’s a sure bet they are a mismatch, not
least because he woos her on his ukulele, surely the most unmanly of musical instruments.Continue reading here…


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