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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…
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…
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…
If there was ever any doubt about Woody Allen's ability to direct a competent and compelling drama, Match Point blows that doubt out of the water with cool daring, quiet calm, and biting social satire. In one sense, the film plays like a darker, far more serious version of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), where a character who comes from humble beginnings refuses to let anyone or anything keep him from wealth and fortune, not even love.
Exquisitely crafted and wholly engaging, Match Point sees director Woody Allen in complete command of a drama as dramatic as Bananas (1971) was slapstick. There is never a moment when Allen's confidence within the context of a serious drama seems to be waning,…
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É impressionante, toda a ideia de "Match Point" não é original. Aliás, Woody Allen utilizou a mesma no seu genial "Crimes e Pecados", porém, lá era um típico filme do diretor, aqui, é de uma discrepância absurda, mas mesmo assim, impressionante e inovador.
Um Drama intenso, faz reflexões bem interessantes, e é muito envolvente.
Se não tivesse lido o nome do diretor na sequencia de créditos inicial, não descobriria que teve sua mão no roteiro e direção.
Woody Allen's lengthy career has been peppered with some of the greatest films in recent cinematic history, but I think that the director himself would be the first to admit that he's been responsible for just as many duds as classics. "Match Point" is a departure for the respected filmmaker, his first feature made in Britain and a rare sexually charged drama with elements of a murder mystery thrown in as well.
It's riveting entertainment, and the best thing we've seen from Allen in years. At its core, the picture is a morality tale with no one to root for, and Allen revisits themes he first explored in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" years earlier. The Jonathan Rhys Meyers character is despicable,…
A masterpiece. Taken from real life, real and patent.
So many things in life are decided by luck. You're born into the right stratum or not. You are at the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time. You meet the right people. This is Allen's twist to a story and a character that otherwise has been drawn out in a more convincing way by Patricia Highsmith with her talented Mr. Ripley.
(Rachel) I hated the first half of this movie. Okay not hated but I hated the choices of the characters. Scarlett Johansson again plays the girl who cheats with your boyfriend. The whole I'm too sexy thing has been what her career is based on although I've found her more likeable recently. In part I did feel for her especially towards the end. Her desperation to be love and be loved was relatable enough and she played it well. Jonathon Rhys Meyers played the cheating male character well. I loved the twist. Like loved it so much my hatred of the beginning cheating scenes dwindled. I give it 3.5 - 4 stars.
(Tim) My first pick of the year was…
Allen does Dostoevsky. His best film in years, Woody Allen explores guilt, desire, class and ambition in this story about an affair, a crime and its aftermath. Briskly paced and excellently acted, this dramatic thriller never hits a wrong note. Rhys Meyers is wonderful as a tennis instructor with dreams of the high life, but it's Johansson, as the sad, American actress, that gives this film its dark heart.
[...] Im Folgenden entsteht ein wundervolles Geflecht aus entstehenden Abhängigkeiten, Lebenslügen und Unwahrheiten. Chloe’s Vater ist froh, dass seine schwierige Tochter “endlich auch mal einen abbekommen hat!”, stellt ein paar Weichen und schon sitzt Chris in einer hohen Position seiner Firma, dieser ist jedoch zunehmend von Chloe genervt – doch soll er sie verlassen? Das Herz sagt ja, die kühle Berechnung sagt nein. Zu schnell hat er sich an Penthouse-Wohnungen an der Themse, hohes Gehalt und reichlich Ansehen gewöhnt. Das alles, da macht sich niemand etwas vor, wäre dann schlagartig weg, die Champus-Korken hätten ausgeknallt. Der Preis der Moral?
Für sich schon eine prekäre Situation, deren Fortgang sich aber vielleicht für manche Menschen streng rational über die Argumentation, dass ein…
Like Crimes & Misdemeanors without the ironic Woody Allen character, and all that brings to that film.
Talented mr Ripley, but the boring version where nothing really interesting ever happens. It has its moments. Mediocre at best.
A completely shambolic drama, but not quite as badly broken as Melinda and Melinda was. I suppose that's progress. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has all the range of a man casually flicking through a book of carpet samples.
- The Racket
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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.
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
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