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

Music

Team Pharrell reunites in the name of SpongeBob

Watch the new music video for N.E.R.D and Pharrell William’s song “Squeeze Me” for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

On January 31, 2015

Film review: Olympus Has Fallen

By Sophia Whitfield

On April 17, 2013

Film

Take a first look at the trailer for Maggie's Plan starring Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore

Watch the first trailer for Maggie's Plan starring the irrepressible Julianne Moore.

On March 23, 2016
 

Film

Film Review: Transcendence

By Rebecca McRitchie

On April 24, 2014

Film

The Action-packed Trailer for Ben-Hur starring Morgan Freeman

Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ., comes the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted...

On June 16, 2016

The Sapphires - an inspired feel-good Australian film

By Sophia Whitfield

On August 9, 2012
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au