Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Mimi Kennedy, Kurt Fuller, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux, Carla Bruni, Corey Stoll, Adrien Brody…
Written By: Woody Allen
Directed By: Woody Allen
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Release Date: May 11, 2011 (Cannes Film Festival)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a frustrated and nostalgic screenwriter who wants to be a novelist. He’s also in a seemingly loveless engagement with a woman named Inez (Rachel McAdams).
While on a trip to Paris with Inez’s parents, Gil discovers he can travel back to the 1920s every day at midnight. While there, he meets many of his writing and cultural heroes.
Adrien’s Role: Salvador Dali
During one of his excursions to the 1920s, Gil meets a group of surrealists, led by none other than Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody). Adrien is in a single scene that lasts about three minutes, and yet, he is one of the most charming and memorable things about this film.
His performance may seem over-the-top at first, until you compare it to footage of the real Dali. It was spot on. He was an over-the-top individual.
As some of you may know, this is actually the movie that brought me to the level of Brody fandom where I currently reside. I tell the story in this video from my YouTube channel (cued up to the 6:16 mark):
Just a simple three-minute scene changed everything. There’s not much else I can say, other than to recommend you watch this movie.
Movie overall: 8/10
Brody performance: 9/10