Woody Allen has mastered the art of making the same trivial film over and over again. His “Blue Jasmine”-experiment was an exception that resulted in an utter failure of tone. Part of the problem was Cate Blanchett’s powerhouse performance that outshined the undeserving script beneath her.
For “Magic in the Moonlight,” Allen once again features a scenic foreign location (the Cote d’Azur in this case) where an older man falls for, and woos, a younger woman. The man is Colin Firth’s ‘20s era stage magician and hoax-exposer Stanley Crawford (aka Wei Ling-soo). Stanely’s Asian alter ego stage persona is a Fu Manchu-styled illusionist who cuts women in half and transports his body across the stage unseen.
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