Come To Pass, Come Too Fast

"All men fear death. It's a natural fear that consumes us all. We fear death because we feel that we haven't loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same. However, when you make love with a truly great woman, one that deserves the utmost respect in this world and one that makes you feel truly powerful, that fear of death completely disappears. Because when you are sharing your body and heart with a great woman the world fades away. You two are the only ones in the entire universe. You conquer what most lesser men have conquered before, you have conquered a great woman's heart. Death no longer lingers in the mind. Fear no longer clouds your heart. Only passion for living, and for loving, become your sole reality. This is no easy task, for it takes insurmountable courage. But remember this, for that moment when you are making love with a woman of true greatness, you feel immortal."

The quote above was from a movie that had instantly slid to one of the top spot of my favorite movie list in 2012. I saw Midnight in Paris yesterday. Wanted to write a review the minute I walked out the cinema because I was in a major mind-blown state of shock. As if you can't fall in love with the endearing face of Owen Wilson and the chick-flick queen Rachel McAdams (Oh how can you not love The Notebook!), the movie was set to film in Paris. You would quickly fall head over heels for the city the minute the movie starts, it began with a set of breathtaking views from the City of Romance itself. If you've never been to Paris, it makes you feel like you wanted to book the next flight scheduled to depart-- and if you have, you would still want to book the next flight scheduled to depart. The movie wasn't at all heavy drama, but it's not considered as comedy either, it was a good balance of both. And the movie was about the life of a writer! How could I possibly fall in love with the movie any deeper?

Gil (Wilson) was a writer who came to Paris with fiancé, Inez (McAdams), for a trip with Inez's parents who happened to flew there for a business trip. They accidentally came across Frank-- who Inez had a crush on back in the days-- alongside his wife, who also visited Paris for a different purpose. Despite the chain of events that happened in Paris, Gil just wasn't into the whole going-out-and-having-fun. He was a little off from the rest of the group, so to speak. So he finds time to write his novel that he's been working on, and by chance, he 'time-travel' back to the early 20s when he met his idols such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and even Picasso. That was when the story really began.

In his search for certainty of the future, he came to the past. As his passion for writing grew, his affection towards his fiancé, Inez, slowly faded away. Gil even found a new woman that he had fell for as he was having this back and forth trip to the past, her name was Adriana (Cotillard), who seemed to seek pleasure in being "the other woman" on plenty of other men's relationships. She was a real stunner, that's for sure and I guess what went wrong was because Gil had chosen what looked like an open option. The minute he chose the other woman, Adriana, is the minute where his chance to get back with Inez decreased by a mile. On the other hand, Inez wasn't really the good angel either. She showed interest towards Frank-- although they both were happily in love, or at least I thought that they were-- which made it much more complicated than I thought it was.

The cast itself was superb, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux (who I recently saw in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and I personally think she will be an actress to be on the watch in future films), Kathy Bates and a special appearance by Adrien Brody. The movie taught me about doing things that you love and maybe looking through life every now and then on who should stay and who should go. Life, from the beginning, was never certain, so might as well just live with it and do what you love and everything will follow. Happiness, money, even love. Every goodbye is going to reward you with another hello.

"That's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying. Because life's a little unsatisfying."

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