Woody Allen's Slight of Hand: Magic in the Moonlight

July 18, 2014 9:58 PM

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Woody Allen is up to his old tricks. Real ones, like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. In previous films he's played the magician role himself, but in Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic comedy set in the luscious Provence landscape, he allows the dreamy Colin Firth to handle the willing suspension of disbelief, making elephants disappear, sawing women in two, misdirection, bedecked in chinoiserie. Even as an insufferable pompous egomaniac, Firth is so suave it is easy to fall in love with him.

But wait, didn't he play this role before? Ah yes, his character is a reprise of the arrogant Mr. Darcy, only this time facing the wide eyed Emma Stone as Sophie, a charlatan psychic, with echoes of T. S. Eliot's Madame Sosostris, a seer of the unseen type that was all the rage in the early twentiet...

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