So the first reviews are in for Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris. Even the "rotten" reviews are not that bad, and most of them tell us that this is going to be one of Allen's better outings. So far, so good. Here are some snippets of reviews
Jeffery Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere:
"“I don’t think it’s possible to discuss it without using the terms “thinking man’s fantasy film” or “time-trip movie” or “a down-the-rabbit-hole excursion” so I’ll just say it’s his most charming and engaging film in this vein since The Purple Rose of Cairo."
Todd McCarthy of Hollywood Reporter:
"Woody's in good form and Paris looks glorious in this droll time-traveling fantasy."
There are also some new reviews for the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides. So far, it looks as if it has still not topped the swashbuckling genius of the first film, but is a heck of a lot better than its the last two films, funny, sexy, and full of non-stop action. At least it looks to be a great summer movie with a lot of technical possibilities come Oscar time.
Ray Bennett of Hollywood Reporter
"Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it's also a good deal sexier."
As always, I caution that these are just initial reviews, that of course there are those that don't already like it, and that as the consensus grows these could change dramatically, but for two such highly-anticipated films, it is at least a good start to the summer season.