Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight

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Set in the 1920s on the opulent French Riviera, this Woody Allen’s romantic comedy is about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake.

Few know that celebrated conjuror Wei Ling Soo 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. He goes on a mission to the Côte d’Azur mansion of the Catledge family: mother Grace (Jacki Weaver), son Brice (Hamish Linklater) and daughter Caroline (Erica Leerhsen), and presents himself as a businessman in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker (Stone) who arrived at the Catledge villa at the invitation of Grace, who is convinced that Sophie can help her contact her late husband.

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 that defy all rational explanation, leaving him dumbfounded. Before long, Stanley confesses that he has begun to wonder whether Sophie’s powers could actually be real, meaning 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.