Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Comedy, Romance
Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews, Valérie Beaulieu
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
While far from a failure, Magic in the Moonlight is too slight to stand with Woody Allen's finest work.
  • Sony Pictures Classics Company:
  • PG-13 Rated:
  • IMDB link IMDB:
  • 15 Aug 2014 Released:
  • 16 Dec 2014 DVD Release:
  • $10.5M Box office:

All subtitles:

1Arabicsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
1Brazilian Portuguesesubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Bulgariansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightblandidownload
0Chinesesubtitle Magic in the Moonlightgeocitydownload
-1Chinesesubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
-1Chinesesubtitle Magic in the Moonlightgeocitydownload
-1Chinesesubtitle Magic in the Moonlightgeocitydownload
1Croatiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Danishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
3Dutchsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
15Englishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Englishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsopdozimdownload
0Englishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsopdozimdownload
0Englishsubtitle Magic in the MoonlightPeterKlepecdownload
1Farsi/Persiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightshivanikdownload
0Frenchsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
2Greeksubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Hungariansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Hungariansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightcetodownload
0Koreansubtitle Magic in the MoonlightDaaakdownload
0Koreansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightjeoungeundownload
0Polishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Portuguesesubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
1Romaniansubtitle Magic in the MoonlightAmsteldownload
3Serbiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Serbiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Serbiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsopdozimdownload
0Serbiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsopdozimdownload
0Serbiansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsopdozimdownload
1Sloveniansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightneiiicdownload
0Sloveniansubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsopdozimdownload
1Spanishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightsubdownload
0Turkishsubtitle Magic in the Moonlightcortomaltesedownload


Magical, what else? Lovely story, great acting, beautiful sets, shall I go on?9/10
Stanley (Colin Firth) is a famous magician in the Roaring Twenties Europe. He performs in a Chinese costume, the rage at the time. Yes, he is great. But, he is a little dictator to the rest of his crew, spewing out orders right and left. One day, an old friend, Howard (Simon McBurney), also a magician but not quite as well known, comes for a visit. Its more than a friendly chat. Howard brings word about a young medium named Sophie (Emma Stone) who he, Howard, believes is hoodwinking a wealthy family who lives in the south of France. However, Howard has seen her in action and CANNOT discover her secret. Could Stanley come and investigate? Ho ho, indeed he can, for in addition to magical tricks, our Stanley loves unmasking frauds who claim to have paranormal powers when everyone KNOWS there is no such thing. There is no spirit world, no afterlife, no ghosts, etc. That's what Stanley firmly believes and he has ripped off the disguise of many a huckster. So, to France the two go. Yet, Stanley is about to face a formidable foe. He finds Sophie beautiful, intelligent, and gifted. In addition, after seeing her in action, Stanley is aghast to discover that he can't understand her talents either, especially after she tells him some of Stanley's family secrets. This man runs to the home of his nearby aunt (Eileen Atkins) and plots how to further the cast. Will Sophie be found to be, gulp, the genuine item? Is there a paranormal world? This lovely film has it all, my view. It has a great story, with many a memorable line. Allen is surely the best screenwriter of all eternity. Then, the actors are terrific. Firth and Stone are dazzling stars while McBurney, Marcia Gay Harden, Atkins, Jackie Weaver, and all of the rest give terrific support. Next, the scenery is the kind to put your eyes out while the costumes, cinematography, and lively direction make for a most enjoyable film. My only criticism is that Firth and Stone are too far apart in age to really be a romantic couple, especially with Stone made to look as young as possible. Nevermind, because its not really important. What's important is that YOU go see these magical film before the next moon rises.
A Widely and Profoundly Misunderstood Gem8/10
Most viewers are taking this film as a conventional (and admittedly entirely predictable) romantic comedy which happens to be about a magician who debunks fake spirit mediums, and a beautiful young woman whom he believes is just that. But that's getting it *entirely backwards*. It is in fact a thought-provoking exploration of the extreme materialistic worldview -- the view that holds that modern science has eliminated the possibility of the existence of the soul, an afterlife, and God -- and an exploration of the psychological relationship between embracing that worldview, and being pessimistic and unhappy. As such, it is one of Allen's most personal and thought-provoking films in years.

And if that sounds "heavy," the miracle of the movie is its very lightness. Obviously, the themes enter in so effortlessly that many people are missing them entirely! You need to be interested in the tension between the materialist worldview and the conventional one that accommodates the spiritual and the mysterious, but if you are, you will be astonished at how delightful and entertaining an exploration of those deep themes can be.

The age discrepancy between Frith's and Stone's characters, which I am sure will bother many, is in fact completely necessary: he must be old enough to be set in his pessimistic ways, and she must be young and beautiful enough to challenge them at first sight.

Obviously there are happy atheists and there are miserable spiritual people, so the question that Allen is asking here is whether some unhappy atheists have embraced the soul- and God-denying position too vigorously, as a sort of defense mechanism to shield themselves from the fundamentally irrational possibility of falling in love. The way the movie knits together the materialist / spiritualist question, the possibility of love, and the metaphor of magic -- well, it's sheer magic itself.

This is far from Allen's funniest movie, and it's only a 7/10 as entertainment. But not only does it easily gain an extra point for its depth, it almost gains two. Admittedly, I am fascinated by the movie's themes, but I think that anyone who is interested in them may find themselves as charmed and, ultimately, as deeply moved as I was. 89/100.
Pleasantly delightful... or delightfully pleasant7/10
I find all of woody allen flicks interesting. Always an interesting subject no matter how good bad ugly great the movie is. This new one is no exception.

MITM is a totally pleasant whimsical delight... the actors are charming especially Emma Stone and Eileen Atkins as Colin Firth's aunt.

The humor is very light... whimsy is a good term... is it funny? For me NO... but it's also not unfunny. It's just this one long smile.

The scenery is gorgeous.

The story is smart hidden in a cute jacket.

The age difference between the two is maybe a tad much but the rom in this romcom is not the leading factor... at least for most of it. Maybe a Colin Firth from 15 years ago would have been a better lead but unless Woody has access to that time travel device in Midnight In Paris that was not an option.

As with some other Allen films there is a turn in direction at some point. Won't give anything away. Your enjoyment of the movie might hinge on how you feel after it goes after this point.

For me it may have lingered around too long towards the end.

Firth is good and likable but I did find some of his character's decisions to be too abrupt. But maybe that's just me. And some of his duologue felt a bit rushed and acted.

I wouldn't personally rank this as one of his recent greats like Paris, Jasmine, Match Point or VCB... but it's a fun summery concoction of scenery, whimsy and costumes.
"I believed that the dull reality of life is all there is but you are proof that there is more! More mystery! More magic!10/10
I guess everyone of us had that moment in life when we realized that life isn't as magical as we had pictured it. That sometimes you can't talk yourself into believing something supernatural, something magical, but deep down you want to believe. What if you were finally convinced that there is more to the world than meets the eye? That is what happens to another at heart typical Woody Allen character Stanley, this time played by Colin Firth and he brings his English cynicism into the role. Known as debunker of myths and psychics he is enlisted by an friend to the French Riviera to prove a woman, that everyone is believing is a clairvoyant, to be fraud. As more time he spends with this woman Stanley starts to believe that she might be the real deal. and with that he is also turning into a nice person all of a sudden. Now that he's got something to believe in.

Colin Firth is as usual cool as a cucumber but this he is actually likable and quite funny thanks to the always funny dialogue penned by Allen. Emma Stone is cute and funny as always. But what is real beautiful is the scenery of the French Riviera and the cinematography of Darius Khondji who has managed to capture the essence of Paris, Rome and now the south of France.

The usual Wody Allen themes are quite prominent but still wrapped in this pleasant summer fare. Allen does get to tackle religion, belief, magic, the vast size of the universe and of course the unpredictability of love. Woody Allen is of the opinion that most of his films aren't perfect, that he never got to make the film he wanted. He has stated that only three of his films are as he envisioned them. In my opinion most of his films are perfect and flawless.
A wonderful film that leaves you reflective and happy.10/10
This is a GREAT FILM. I read some of the tepid reviews, went anyway, LOVED it. Woody, as always, deals with big subjects lightly, the question here: is there magic in the world? Is there more to life than meets the eye? I don't know what you believe, but Woody says there is. I went right along with him.

As far as movie-making is concerned, Woody shows he hasn't lost a step. Clues are deftly scattered, parallels emerge, the expected happens in unexpected ways, it's delightful. Woody speaks to our hearts and minds simultaneously.

Colin Firth is terrific; spot-on, serious and hilariously dry by turns. His character reminded me a little of Professor Higgins in "My Fair Lady." A man confident in his own superior knowledge - until he encounters real magic - the kind of magic all of us have the possibility of experiencing.

Emma Stone is revealed as an actress of easy and convincing grace. Of course, she's beautiful, too, which is never a disadvantage. Both Miss Stone's and Mr. Firth's characters are so well drawn you can't imagine anyone doing it better.

If you're old enough to have lived a little, this film will appeal to you. If you are currently loving Ninja Turtles, this piece of inspiring magic will sail over your head.

Bravo to Woody and his tremendous cast. Well done, ladies and gentlemen.