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the meaning of love, joy, honesty, loyalty and faith has changed and the glorious holy love of the age of innocence has been replaced by the kind of love that is more carnal, selfish and the nature of our time doesn’t…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,…
I'll admit I was really Closer to turning this film off.
This is a movie that's based on a play. You can tell it is from the way the dialogue is written. The whole thing is delivered like the actors are standing on stage. Unlike most film adaptations of plays, the writer made no effort to give a more natural sort of sense to the wordplay. And Mike Nichols didn't help the matter. The film is a series of set pieces ending in unnaturally close up shots. The four actors involved doing an amazing job is what kept me going.
This movie is about four horrible, gorgeous people. They cheat, they lie, the fuck. They have everything we want and…
JUST FUCK ME UP.
One star for Natalie Portman.
I wish I remembered what I wrote in the review that I appear to have not managed to save. I didn't enjoy this story of people (various combinations of Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen) falling in and out of love with each other and generally behaving pretty unpleasantly, but do want to visit Postman's Park when I'm next in London.
-Dialogue and staging betrays its theatre origins.
-Truly excellent performances from all, particuarly the menacing Clive Owen. He starts out seemingly as the most naive amongst the four, but by the end, he has come out on top, playing Jude Law with the "and I fucked her" line. Also, to Julia Roberts, "I've been hit before." "Not by me!"
-Initially it appears to be about relationships, lies and cheating, but, with the end scene's punch line (Natalie Portman's character has been lying about her name everywhere but the strip club - presumably where she feels most herself), the film becomes about the double lives people lead, consciously or subsconsioucly.
Love and betrayal has never felt so bitterly visceral, with a bitingly witty script and a quartet of perfect performances. The ache is palpable and it’s intoxicating for it.
Four amazing preformances in this love quadruple story
Too similar to a play, both in how it's written and how it's performed, to really have been worth adapting.
Nice try though, Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan.
This film... Wow. It's so frustrating and you don't want to feel for any of them because they're shitty people (except maybe Alice). This movie fucked me up, man, especially Alice and Dan's storyline and how they slowly become the previous versions of each other (smoking, dependence, etc.) Great dialogue, too. A+ acting, especially from Clive Owen.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.