In recent years, Woody Allen's films have gotten to be a bit formulaic: he compiles an impeccable cast and drops them in an iconic city, then lets the characters' story lines intersect with each other. Sometimes the formula works (as in Vicky Cristina Barcelona), but other times we're not so lucky (as in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger). After watching the trailer for his newest film, it's hard to predict where Midnight in Paris will fall on the spectrum. The movie centers on Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams as an engaged couple visiting Paris. They start to grow apart when Rachel's character takes a liking to a stuffy American intellectual (Michael Sheen) that her fiancé doesn't quite approve of. Meanwhile, Wilson's character starts seeing his own side to the City of Love, but it's not clear what he's really doing on his late-night walks. There's no question that Owen and Rachel have charm to spare, and Paris is the perfect backdrop for any film, but the trailer boasts only a few chuckles (and we barely glimpse the rest of the cast, which includes Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody and Kathy Bates). The good news is that we won't have to wait long to find out more about the movie, as it's set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Watch the preview for yourself when you read more.
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