Woody Allen‘s Magic in the Moonlight begins hitting theaters on July 25 and so far I’ve only heard from one person that’s seen it, but the response was positive over the upcoming romantic comedy starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. The story follows an Englishman (Firth) brought in to help expose a psychic medium (Stone) as a fake. Personal and professional complications ensue. Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Erica Leerhsen and Simon McBurney co-star.
The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the CÃ´te d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age, which makes me want to see it even more as I absolutely love that area.
Today I have for you 18 new pictures (though a couple I think you may have seen before) and a new poster for the film along with the following, extremely long and detailed synopsis, which you may or may not want to read depending on how much of the story you want revealed.
Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.
Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists’ claims that they can perform real magic. Persuaded by his life-long friend, Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney), Stanley goes on a mission to the CÃ´te d’Azur mansion of the Catledge family: mother Grace (Jacki Weaver), son Brice (Hamish Linklater), and daughter Caroline (Erica Leerhsen). He presents himself as a business man named Stanley Taplinger in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker (Stone) who is staying there with her mother (Marcia Gay Harden). Sophie arrived at the Catledge villa at the invitation of Grace, who is convinced that Sophie can help her contact her late husband, and once there, attracted the attention of Brice, who has fallen for her head over heels.
From his very first meeting with Sophie, Stanley dismisses her as an insignificant pip-squeak who he can unmask in no time, scoffing at the family’s gullibility. To his great surprise and discomfort, however, Sophie accomplishes numerous feats of mind-reading and other supernatural deeds that defy all rational explanation, leaving him dumbfounded. Before long, Stanley confesses to his beloved Aunt Vanessa (Eileen Atkins) that he has begun to wonder whether Sophie’s powers could actually be real. If they were to be true, Stanley realizes that anything might be possible, even good, and his entire belief system would come crashing down.
What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic in the Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all.