First Trailer for Woody Allen's MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

It is at this time the of year, every year that we begin to see the promotional material for the annual Woody Allen film appear and 2014 looks to be no different as we've finally received a first look at the trailer for Allen's effort this year. I have enjoyed more of Allen's work than not over the past few years and with the talent he has rounded up for this one I can't see it going anywhere but in the column of those more appreciated than the black sheeps of his filmography, but there is always the chance it could simply exist and leave nothing of an impression on the directors ever-expanding catalogue. Set in the 1920's against the backdrop of France and it's wealthy jazz-age socialites it tells the story of an Englishman, played by Colin Firth who seems to be in a countless number of movies these days, who travels to assist a wealthy family in unmasking the spirit medium that has tricked them into believing her. This mystic of sorts turns out to be none other than Emma Stone who, as the plot thickens, is so charming and likable that he is either falling under another of her spells she is fraudulently perpetuating or she actually is the real deal. Firth's charming yet older Englishman is cautious to buy into such uncertainties that seem to challenge his common sense. The trailer hints at a possible love story near the end, but I hope that with Firth being fifty-four and Stone turning twenty-six later this year they hold off on what could be perceived as rather creepy and simply keep this to a light-hearted comedy that explores the psychology of faith and beliefs as Midnight in Paris did with our perception of time and nostalgia. Magic in the Moonlight also stars Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver and opens in limited release July 25.


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