Written & Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Colin Firth & Emma Stone
You have to love Woody Allen, he’s found his magic formula and sticks to it: witty dialogue, whimsical score, unique plot, and interesting characters. Sometimes the combination churns out brilliance, other times something average, and rarely a failure. “Magic in the Moonlight” falls in the average category, nothing to rave about but still enjoyable. I’ll admit I was distracted thinking about how Colin Firth played Amanda Bynes’ father 10 years ago and now is playing Emma Stone’s love interest and she’s younger than Bynes. Despite the awkward chemistry between Firth and Stone, they both deliver great performances. Although the movie starts out with a unique premise, it quickly turns into a predictable run-of-the-mill romantic comedy that leaves you chuckling in the right places but for me rolling my eyes at the cheesy genre conventions.