Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.
Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.
This might actually be the most brutally honest and unapologetic film I have ever seen. The dialogues are sharp as knife and they just cut through you. It is true that the truth sometimes hurts. When the truth is bitter and something that we do not want to know, it hurts like fucking hell.
I must admit that this is not a film which everyone would like. Films everyone likes would be average, crowd pleasers. That is why everyone likes it. But there are love hate films like these, where the amount of liking that some have would almost dwindle the amount of liking that the entire audience has for a film which looks good to everybody.
I loved it…
In which that monotonous fog horn turns all sour, Julia Roberts isn't annoying, Jude Law embraces his inner twatness with great success and Natalie Portman outacts the lot of them.
It's bitter, bleak and cynical. In short, my idea of a perfect Valentine's Day film.
This movie had me at that very first scene. Natalie gracefully sweeping through the London with her blue hair while Damien Rice sings "I can't take my eyes off of you". This movie is a tough blow to a romantic soul. Thankfully, I'm a realist and a somewhat depressive so it played out in the most delightfully gritty, raw, and painful way.
There have been countless movies about the nature of human relationships but few of them has been as skeptic and cynical as Closer. Mike Nichol’s movie digs deep into the nature of attachment and closeness and tries to find an answer to a question which seems unanswerable: Why should we suffer so much when we love someone else? Aren’t we supposed to enjoy love?
Closer shows that in the 21st century the meaning of love, joy, honesty, loyalty and faith has changed and the glorious holy love of the age of innocence has been replaced by the kind of love that is more carnal, selfish and the nature of our time doesn’t…
"Why isn't love enough?" ~ Alice
Here's a story as simple as boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy meets other girl. Boy falls for other girl but she initially dismisses him. Boy lures other boy to meet other girl. Other boy falls for other girl. Other girl marries other boy but keeps boy on the side. "Why isn't love enough?" asks girl. Other girl wants to leave other boy. Boy thinks he's home free with other girl and dumps girl. Other boy has some ideas of his own. "I'm a caveman," other boy admits. Girl meets other boy. Other girl decides to stay with other boy. Boy has a confrontation with other boy. Boy meets girl again. Boy,…
Living in a world where every romantic film follows the same lifeless formula, it's actually impressive to see a film that tackles the essence of modern love in a way that few have tried because of conventionality. Contrary to what most romances would have you believe (and I'm not only talking about contemporary cinema), we don't live in a world where people fall in love for one's inner-self; sure, love is about that, but it's much more a carnal instinct than a simple spiritual feeling, it's especially about desire and physical attraction. The idea and meaning of 'love' has changed over the years; Closer is a film that approaches the modern perception of love in a much rawer way than…
except for that senseless slow motion when he slapped her and the final song it's a good movie
... to killing myself.
Good performances all around but the one who leaves a lasting impression is Natalie Portman in this film, and the song played towards the end of the film The blower's daughter by Damien Rice fits very well. "can't take my eyes of you" "can't take my mind of you". The film itself seems to be lacking something substantial. Though all the characters are likable i didn't feel any urge to invest in them apart from maybe Alice aka Jane Jones. The relations between them are just confusing but yeah i guess that is the point with the film. Still the film did somehow achieve to hold my attention throughout so there is something catchy about it just can't really put a finger on what it was.
The thespian shadow looms large over almost every scene, but unlike something like Carnage, Nichols uses this to his benefit - the dialogue is sharp and scathing by itself without the need for overt directorial quirks, reaching an early climax in a phenomenal scene between Owen and Roberts. Also, I know he was nominated, but how did Owen not win an Oscar for this? So good.
Love and lies are what makes the world go round in CLOSER, Director Mike Nichols’ adaptation of the award-winning stage play that dips into precarious corners of romance among its four characters who are driven of passion, jealousy, and deceit. The film is teeming of discourse and introspection on its central idea – love plagued by infidelity and dishonesty that are eloquently conveyed in the modern-day setting. It explores the dynamics of its beguiling quartet through the permutation of impassioned pairs, contesting over their notions of love and relationships. The intriguing premise around its striking ensemble may have drawn viewers closer, but the quarter of the whole is more satisfying than the overall. For all its grand romantic rhetoric, CLOSER…
it was entertaining enough for me to finish it, but definitely not VERY good. I wouldnt watch it again. I guess the end is semi-realistic because one settles for their past husband and the other is left alone, but it didnt really reach me and make me FEEL something as a viewer. For others it might though, but I just havent had any of these experiences so I couldnt relate.
Great dialogue, strong performances, and completely twisted in the way of how it glorifies the brazen asshole in us all. Or maybe its just these people.
Solid performances on all four fronts.
How have I not seen this before... The only thing I didnt like was the time line got a little bit confusing but besides that this was a great movie
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