THE PLOT THUS FAR
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Magic in the Moonlight” was a film that I had a ton of people trying to get me to see this summer. So, I naturally waited until the fall. While not a terrible movie, I feel that Allen’s rapid fire approach to film is starting to slip out of the minor return to form and back into the late 90s/early 00s output. While “Midnight in Paris” and “Blue Jasmine” are stellar films on par with his 70s output, “Magic in the Moonlight” can sit comfortably next to “Scoop” and “Celebrity”. Allen has an insane rapport with actors and it’s fun to watch people match up in ways that they don’t get to do in bigger films. It’s just that nothing happens in a film about skeptics and mysticism.
This film isn’t a major Allen work. I feel like that’s all I want to say, as it’s harsh enough yet it doesn’t downplay that this film has some choice moments. I love the idea of Allen using a Magician as a stand-in for several of his most famous tropes. Fear of an unrelenting afterlife, Nazi imagery during the 1928 Berlin sequence and an overwhelming obsession with a talented young woman. The layers upon layers of material makes for a fascinating film to dissect, but not one to watch. Colin Firth blows Emma Stone out of the water in a way that I haven’t seen since Britain’s A-List Acting talent had to entertain kids at a wizarding school.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par with most Allen releases in HD. The 1080p transfer is robust. However, the kicker is the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. Screw that mono noise, old man. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase for Woody Allen fans.
RELEASE DATE: 12/16/2014