Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Movie Review

Magic in the Moonlight – Movie Review

Magic in the Moonlight

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen (Screenplay)


Plot: A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Magic in the Moonlight starts with English showman Stanley (Firth) being recruited to help expose a medium. He has worked with tricks and illusions his whole career. Stanely sees a wealthy family being seduced by her and Stanley must figure out what is true or not.

As Stanley starts investigating Sophie (Stone), he sees his own opportunity to make a big comeback. This sees Stanley’s life change as Sophie becomes the centre of attention and he starts questioning his own desire to feel love.

Verdict on Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy following an illusionist who looks to expose a medium. He looks for the tell-tell signs until he starts to struggle to see the signs he needs. However, the more time he spends with her, the more he starts to fall in love with her.

This is one of the typical Woody Allen movies, that tries to create an awkward figure struggling in his world. He gets something new to make him feel welcomed only for everything else to start unfolding around him. There isn’t too much to get behind here and by the end of the movie, you will feel like nothing much has happened. This is nothing against the performances that are strong from the cast, it is the story that holds everything back.

Final Thoughts Magic in the Moonlight is a flat romantic comedy.

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