Someone made me watch Midnight in Paris because I, too, had promised myself:
-I would never watch another Woody Allen movie either. Were we together when we decided this?
-Owen Wilson held no interest at all as I knew him from silly over-the-top comedies that I thought probably appealed to people 30 years younger than I, lol.
-I didn't realize it until I got into it but it also contains time travel, a device which I pretty much hate.
So that sets me up for a triple whammy of dislike!
OK, so the opening scenes of Paris are breathtaking. Just beautiful. I know you've been before and it just distills the beautiful light of Paris over the familiar buildings and scenes.
I really got hooked when the time traveling taxi picked Owen up from the steps of Saint-Etienne du Mont behind the Pantheon and he meets up with the fabulous writers and artists in Paris in the 1920s. I REALIZE this is fiction (or is it, lol??) but somehow it gave me a better handle on the fact that for instance, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, Salvador Dali etc were all in Paris and knew each other during that time frame. I guess I'd just thought of each artist linearly and separately without considering really who they might have socialized with, etc.
Anyway, it's a sweet story with beautiful Paris in the background. Makes me long to go back just to think of it!
I usually watch it on Netflix but asked for a copy last Christmas because for a while it was not on Netflix, and I was having withdrawal, lol.
This is off-topic but if you all are there when Paris Walks presents the one with Jefferson and Franklin in Paris it's very interesting as well if you can work it in!