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Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring him far from it - palms start to sweat and a dark psychological match in his head begins.
Performances : 7.9/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.47/10
This might very well be my first true run in with non-comedic Woody Allen. The laughs are in here. They might be a little deeper below the surface than we're used to, but they're there if you look hard enough. It certainly was a slow burn for the first two thirds but the final act is amazing. It really is something special.
Allen has some very interesting choices for male leads here in my opinion. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who I've honestly never heard of, is adequate. I just can't help thinking of what another actor could have done in this role. Matthew Goode on the other was beyond…
Match Point is everything I was hoping, and more. Woody serves up arguably his most delightfully rich genre reinvention, kind of like a reimagining of A Place in the Sun with a dash of Crime & Punishment.
Match Point is a curious cross-reference of influences. It has the bedrock of a Woody Allen film. The emotional energy and relationship betrayal of a Hitchcockian dark thriller. And a sliver of Barry Lyndon Irish rogue penetration of high society to it. Most of all, it concerns the element of luck, like a game of high society stakes poker. After all, when one is handed everything, the temptation is to risk it. Only a natural talent for calculated shot selection, along with a fateful…
What a gem of a film. It's really difficult to see Woody Allen's fingerprints over this film and then again, he is everywhere.
Someone once told me that Woody Allen writes mediocre scripts and just fills his films with the best actors so it looks like he's a wonderful writer and director. While I think his casting choices are always sublime, no one can quibble with this script. The last third of the film was a clever and thrilling slow burn. Even though Jonathan Rhys Meyers felt a little wooden in his acting, he kind of needed to be. He was playing the chameleon, the guy who can…
At the beginning of Woody Allen's Match Point, the main character, Chris Wilton, says in a monologue: "There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn't, and you lose."
If we consider Match Point the ball, and liking of the film the net, I dare say the film goes forward, and as such, it wins. And though luck very much factors into the storyline, it's got nothing to do with the film's winning qualities.
Match Point is an atypical Woody Allen film, among those I've seen, far…
A romantic thriller, written and directed by Woody Allen… there must be some mistake, surely? Well, think again. Having alienated almost everybody since the turn of the century with a succession of mediocre films such as The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending and Melinda and Melinda, Allen finally made his so-called “return to form” (ish) with Match Point, a film that remains divisive to this day.
Match Point tells the story of Chris Wilton (Rhys Meyers), a semi-professional tennis coach who becomes embroiled in an extra-marital affair with Nola Rice…
I think I've began a little journey... I found myself giving Match Point a second opportunity, since I saw Manhattan and that kind of stirred my prejudice towards Woody Allen film making.
Though I'm not daring to compare Match Point to Manhattan, this re-watch has still brought on me many other perspectives on Allen's work, that I had not contemplated upon my first watch. And unlike the first view, this was not painful to watch but quite interesting.
"at least there would be some small sign of justice, some small measure of hope for the possibility of meaning".
one of the finest of woody's late game; his cast and setting disorientate the usual schtick in a way his other globetrotters frequently fail to, as does a grim nastiness in the company of which allen seems supremely confident. some of the suspense here is fucking killer too.
"The man who said "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck."
This movie has some extremely disturbing potential subtext, doesn't it?
Genial. Scarlett Johansson simplesmente perfeita.
The acting didn't do much for me. The writing seemed like American voice hidden behind a British accent. Honestly, this is my least favorite performance by Scarlett. To me, she simply isn't believable as a neurotic. I think her role in Vicki Christina Barcelona suited her much better. She can play the free spirit role exceptionally well, and we saw glimpses of it when her affair with Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in full swing. Meyers shines in the 3rd act but in the 1st 2 he is pretty weak. Clearly not on the level of Woody Allen's best films, but it is still worth watching.
When Allen tones down his 'Woodiness' I tend to react more favourably. Match Point's steady pacing and more subdued acerbic comedy struck a chord with me, despite the coolly disengaging upper class characters. Long takes allow some beautiful camera work, while the performances vary wildly in quality. All of which makes for a mixed bag, certainly, but Match Point's greatest strengths are in it's aloof anonymity.
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- About Last Night...
- The Accidental Tourist
- Across the Universe
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
- Safe House
- Django Unchained
- The Artist
- Sin City
The posters in this list, that's what. Rules: black and white photo, with the title in red. Suggestions?