I liked Eleanor Coppola's documentary, so I was interested in seeing her narrative debut. Despite lackluster reviews, I still decided to see it because it seemed like something I would enjoy.
The film is definitely very simple and straightforward. Much like many slice-of-life films or road movies, it is more about the journey and less about the destination. While the subject matter isn't of any huge impact, I thought that the dialogue was very sharp and well-written, with effective humor sprinkled in throughout. The characters are developed over the course of the film, and while they are a little superficial, they are also realistic. I found the film to be an interesting, light travelogue that served as a distraction. The romantic plot is a little farfetched, and the characters' actions in the end are a little confusing, but it strangely feels satisfying.
Coppola's technical knowledge is obvious. The cinematography is amazing. All of the beautiful landscapes of France are showcased throughout the film. The use of the protagonist's photos as a means of telling the story, a combination of excellent cinematography and editing, is interesting. The score does a great job of building the tone of the film and keeping the film moving. The acting is also great, with Lane and Viard both delivering compelling performances, and Baldwin spicing up the film in his supporting role.
Overall, I liked "Paris Can Wait". It was a pleasant little film, but I don't think that it is for everyone. It is basically an hour and a half of watching people drive, eat, and have conversations, but I found those conversations to be fascinating and the way in which the travel and cuisine were photographed was exquisite. It's nothing spectacular as a whole, but for what it is, it's great.
Paris Can Wait
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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