With Moonlight, Woody Allen continues his jaunt around Europe, after having made a stop in the States for the Oscar-winning contemporary dramedy, Blue Jasmine. This new comedy – shot on location in the South of France – is set in the 1920s, where Stanley (Firth) makes a living by pretending to be an Asian magician (not exactly an admirable profession, even back then…), who debunks fake seers and mediums for a living. However, the cynical Stanley may’ve met his match at last, when he crosses paths with a young, sharp-witted, American spiritualist named Sophie (Stone).
Thematically, it sounds like Magic in the Moonlight covers similar ground as that explored in previous Allen films, by pitting Firth’s skeptic against Stone’s more opened-minded counterpart. The cast is a typical Allen movie collection of acclaimed character actors – Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (The Newsroom), and Eileen Atkins (Beautiful Creatures) among their ranks. Combine that with what appears to be fine chemistry between the film’s charming leads (judging by the trailer), and it seems safe to assume that Allen’s latest film ought to please most of his steadfast fans.
If Woody Allen films aren’t your bag, though, you can also just wait to catch Firth in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming super-spy comic book movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Meanwhile, Stone will make appearances in such upcoming 2014 flicks as the Hollywood satire Birdman and the still-untitled new Cameron Crowe rom-com (based on his old Deep Tiki script). Allen is seemingly as taken with the young woman as everyone else is, seeing how he’s already cast Stone opposite Joaquin Phoenix for his planned 2015 movie release.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.