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Magic in the Moonlight

Score: 76%
Rating: PG-13
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home

Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 97 Mins.
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Audio: English, French (PAR), English -
           Audio Descriptive Track 5.1
           Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French,


  • Behind the Magic
  • On the Red Carpet: Los Angeles Film Premiere

Magic in the Moonlight is a Woody Allen film starring Colin Firth as Stanley Crawford, a world-renowned magician of the 1920's known especially for debunking so-called psychics. When his old friend and professional rival Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney) insists that he come to the French Riviera to meet an exciting young psychic phenomenon that he, himself, has been unable to debunk, Crawford can hardly resist the challenge. After all, Howard is concerned for the incredibly wealthy family that has eagerly embraced young and beautiful Sophie (Emma Stone), as they are dear family friends and the son, Brice Catledge (Hamish Linklater), has fallen head over heels in love with her.

Upon first meeting Sophie and her mother (Marcia Gay Harden), Stanley is cynical and caustic, lying about who he is and his professional. Strangely, Sophie seems to know things about him, from her "psychic vibrations," despite his ruse. Still, he remains determined to expose her as a fraud, even though Brice and his dear mother Grace (Jacki Weaver) seem convinced of Sophie's genuine abilities. Even as Brice woos Sophie, Stanley finds himself possibly succumbing to her charms, and yes, even the possibility that he could have been wrong all of these years about psychic ability. So what is the truth and what is the facade?

Magic in the Moonlight is absolutely lush in its sets and scenery. The French Riviera is certainly no slouch and the costuming is gorgeous, reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, but more on the reserved side. I found the acting to be well done, but Emma Stone seemed a bit over the top at times, but perhaps that was the point. I found myself disliking Stanley Crawford's character as a man with no faith, no hope and a clear dislike for all things religious or related to God in any way. It was just a bit abrasive at times.

Stone and Firth are amusing on screen together, but I didn't necessarily buy them as a possible romantic couple. My favorite character in the entire film was Crawford's dear Aunt Vanessa (Eileen Atkins), as she is the most spirited (no pun intended) and interesting character in the entire cast. While I enjoyed the overall story and loved watching the amazing scenery, I just wasn't crazy about the film as a whole. I found it a little boring at times. Honestly, I was hoping for something magical like Midnight in Paris, another of Woody Allen's films, which I absolutely adored, but Magic in the Moonlight just didn't do it for me.

If you are a huge fan of Emma Stone and Colin Firth, you may want to catch it on Netflix, but even though I typically really enjoy Emma Stone's work, in my opinion, this was not one of her best.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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