“Magic in the Moonlight”, directed by Woody Allen

Movie, 2014

A charming romance, with hints of Pygmalion and con-artist films of old simmering away underneath plot turns which divert a little, here and there, but which head towards an inevitable ending. If this is a film where the director’s treading water, it’s still entertaining and a decent story, for all its predictability. Colin Firth seems a little hesitant as the main lead, although the rest of the cast give the film the classical warmth it needs to sustain and carry through. By no means a humdinger, but a decent entertainment, taking some universal themes, with a few interesting sequences. Fans of Woody Allen will find plenty to enjoy; few will grab this as their starting and jumping off point.

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