The trailer for Woody Allen’s new movie, Magic in the Moonlight is here, seemingly with the sole intention of making us hate ourselves. I want this trailer to be terrible, to make it easy to skip. But it’s not. It’s Emma Stone in a fabulous little hat and Colin Firth in a terribly racist Fu Manchu vaudeville costume. It looks smart and whimsical and beautifully shot.
So, yes, deciding whether or not I can feel decent with myself for seeing a movie is not the biggest problem one can face in this world, but it is something worth thinking about. Can we ignore our feelings about Woody Allen and just appreciate the film, free of context? Is it worth it to boycott, even knowing doesn’t actually change the world and maybe only serves to make ourselves feel better? Can we buy a ticket for Happy Christmas and sneak into Magic? We wouldn’t be supporting Allen financially, but just seeing the movie is a form of support, isn’t it?
I don’t think there’s any answer that won’t make us feel icky, but while you’re mulling it over, here’s that trailer. It sure is a lot of fun.
Vivian Kane can’t wait to give Swanberg all her money.