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the meaning of love, joy, honesty, loyalty and faith has changed and the glorious holy love of the age of innocence has been replaced by the kind of love that is more carnal, selfish and the nature of our time doesn’t…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…
This is one nasty piece of work. Sure, it's possible to view it as a cautionary tale on the dangers of deceit, mistrust, obsession, but the characters (bar arguably one) are so without basic integrity it's impossible to feel a connection with them. OK, so performances (arguably bar Roberts - being Roberts, but even more wan) are sensational, especially Owen's, and there's a few bitingly witty lines, and sure there's a consistently established mood to the thing, but when the mood is so dour and joyless...what's the point? As for those reviews that insist this is more brutally honest that typical rom-coms - bullshit. I refuse to believe the supposed "truth" that people are inherently horrible and self-indulgently fucked up. Great opening and closing shots - and song - however.
Not my favorite. I had a tough time following it. The story jumped around too much and they didn't help us catch up. There were time jumps that didn't read. Natalie Portman and Clive Owan stole the show though.
I don't enjoy the films of Natalie Portman.
And Star Wars isn't cool.
okay i was expecting that 2 be better but the twist was good if obvious
all the straight romo was hella boring ??? like why didnt they just poly that bullshit anyway
This is an anti love story movie. I like the way the situations are clumsy and the characters are confused, and deceived in the same amount that they are deceiving. Through the movie you will deconstruct a lot of concepts you have about how love presents itself.
Natalie Portman is excepcional in the movie and I loved everything about her character and how detach from things she is.
Great acting and outstanding dialogs in this romantic tale of the modern age. Clive Owen is particularly awesome, although I have to give it to Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman for their brave roles. To be watched and rewatched… Can’t take my eyes of you.
What is there not to like about a fucked up love rectangle involving two handsome Brits and two gorgeous Americans? The four participants in the aforementioned rectangle are the four beauties pictured on the poster to your left. Treading similar ground to his earlier classic Carnal Knowledge, Mike Nichols proves in his advanced age to be more then up for the task of directing a well made and sexy drama about adults for adults. The film's screenplay is written by Patrick Marber and it's based on his own play of the same name. The screenplay manages to be at once the film's greatest strength as well as its greatest detriment. Marber is an undeniably talented writer gifted with a sharp…
Very strong movie.
The narrative focus on the male vision, the female characters are a little bit too over-sexualized and they feel more like "a prize to be won" than actual, complex people but I'll get it pass because I don't think this was the intention of the director, he did gave them autonomy and vague personalities but sadly, we don't see pass that. At the end of the movie, I was left with a clear impression of the male characters but I was still at lost with the two female protagonists, which is a shame. That side, it's a good movie.
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