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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.
It's honestly hard to believe that this film was directed by Woody Allen as he clearly leaves his comfort zone and creates a very engaging drama with a touch of Fyodor Dostoyevsky when it comes to the murder case. What makes it such an unrecognizable film is its insane narrative as Match Point starts as a romantic drama and slowly turns into a mental crime thriller.
Match Point follows a former professional tennis player who sees his life significantly changed for better when he marries the sister of one of his friends and gains access to the money and success of his dreams. However, he sees his life turned upside down once more when he falls in love for the…
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…
Despite having a predictable premise of adulterous affairs, Woody Allen’s London-set dark character-driven drama film satisfies with its solid performances, sharp screenplay, and that blistering final twist that results into a cerebral, tour-de-force viewing. In the first act, Allen goes old-fashioned in presenting an almost-generic drama of infidelity and class relations. Then the simmering middle part which is kind of repetitive—weakens the trajectory of the narrative. But as the third act goes, Allen puts a surprising Hitchcockian mask, strengthening the tension and thriller elements—which is the best part of the film.
The performances are solid. Although Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a bit shaky, and unnatural at times (I have other good actors in mind for his character), he still delivered…
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…
"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. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control."- Chris Wilton
Woody Allen's newer film tend to get a lot of criticism. I myself have enjoyed many of them a great deal though. Match Point seems to be one of the few that gets a lot of praise. Before get into this one I must admit that I tend to prefer Woody's comedies over his dramas. When I watch a Woody Allen film I expect to laugh. I'm not saying he's bad at doing drama (he's actually quite good)…
On the surface, when compared with the rest of his filmography, Match Point is one of Woody Allen's most unrecognizable features, a dark, cynical thriller set in the England about an adulterous affair that begins between two individuals.
Though beneath the surface is Allen's usual fascination with morality, even returning to similar themes that he previously explored in Crimes and Misdemeanors. The primary focus here is the role that luck plays in an individual's life and how, ultimately, this is the most significant in defining our lives, not our morality or good nature, as many would presumably like to believe.
In large part, the film succeeds due to a terrific leading performance by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a character the audience…
Stel dat Woody Allens Match Point een tennisbal was die het net raakte, dan valt hij vervolgens ruimschoots aan de goede kant.
Prachtig trage thriller rond Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) die het leven van een familie rijkelui binnenloopt, wordt geaccepteerd en dat gezin vervolgens achter hun rug om kapotmaakt. Andersom gebeurt overigens hetzelfde bij hem. Dit is een film met alleen maar nare mensen die er samen een puinhoop van maken.
Je komt er nooit echt achter wie Chris is, maar je vangt een glimp op van wát hij is en hoe hij zijn rotzooi probeert op te ruimen. Soms wat traag, maar daardoor kruipt de film wel heerlijk onder je huid.
Match Point is ook een film over geluk en wat dat nou eigenlijk betekent. Want of 'de bal' nou uiteindelijk aan de goede of slechte kant van 'het net' belandt, is ook nog wel een discussie waard. Deze Woody Allen had ik totaal onderschat.
It may be a slow-burn film and not for everyone, but Match Point is a haunting thriller that is surprisingly dark and different from other films that Woody Allen has made. They cover the topics of marriage, society in Great Britan and facing consequences of your actions very brutally honest but well executed. Scarlett Johansson is on fire lately with the films I have been seeing her in old and new.
My all time favorite Woody Allen movie. Match Point is a drama about ambition and obsession, the seduction of wealth, and the often discordant relationship between love and sexual passion. It's a very smart plot (normal for Woody), about an ambitious and smart tennis player, who uses his interest in high culture to penetrate the upper class. Chris is completely amoral. He just coldly calculates the probability of success. Woody plays well with the theme of luck (which is common in his movies), including two interesting scenes, one at the beginning, with a tennis ball touching the net and luck defining in which side of the court it is going to fall, and another one at the end that makes you anticipate, wrongly, the end of the movie. The real ending is so damn good in my opinion.
"The man who said 'I'd rather be lucky than good' saw deeply into life."
Embarrassingly my first Woody Allen movie, and probably not a bad one to start with. I did like the story it told, even in it's most chick-flickish moments - it may have been my favorite part, which I think bodes well for me from what I know of Allen's work - and I think everyone acted well, but I think the movie struggles in the 10-20 minutes before its climax.
I found it interesting how the main character Chris' love interests represented different societal classes, and I think what he says about opera contrasted against his expression when sitting in his family-in-law's fancy box seats suggests that he only thinks he wants the life of the upper class. That assumption makes his final decision all the more interesting. Or does it explain the final shot?
A young tennis instructor (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) marries into the English upper class while carrying a torch for his brother-in-law's ex-girlfriend, an American aspiring actress (Scarlett Johansson).
For a long time now, Woody Allen seemed stuck in a rut. He kept making one film a year, which, while never outright embarrassing, were clearly the works of someone who had stopped trying very hard. It seemed that, pushing seventy, Allen had slipped into retirement and made films for the same reason other pensioners feed pigeons: to while away the time, waiting for the void. But just when you've given up on him, here he comes with Match Point in which he seems completely revitalized. Shot entirely in England, this is very much…
Some good acting and a kinda interesting story, but overall just seemed like the run of the mill rom-com. Which overall isn't my type of movie, so it needs to be extra good to grab my attention.
The first time I saw this, I was thirteen years old. It was my first Woody Allen. I knew at the time (as I do now) that it was a weird place to start, but I loved it nonetheless. The second time I saw it, it was in my Theater 101 class. We were talking about modern interpretations of what constitutes "tragedy". There was a lot of talk about luck, punishment, and Dostoyevsky.
This is my third time watching the movie, and the time I've enjoyed it the least. I still think it's a pretty good movie, I just don't love it like I used to. I won't lie and say that this is not influenced by the fact that…
Most sexual movie ever.
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