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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.
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…
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…
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,…
..Yeah except the shocking "part" of it was like a second long, and then moved on immediately to a placid scene.
Good character development (and I never say that)
Chocking. Really didn't expect an end like this for a move like this.
Captivating, absorbing, seductive, and engaging, Woody Allen's Match Point is a remarkably written and brilliantly acted psychological thriller. Scarlett Johansson was splendid and insanely sexy in a role that allowed her to show her great range as an actress. The only thing I didn't like very much about this film was the main character, not because he wasn't precisely likeable but because I think he wasn't compellingly developed enough. Jonathan Rhys Meyers wasn't bad in his role but being such a complex character, I think it was required a more solid and involving performance.
This is a good, well acted neo-noir. Inspired from Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Woody Allen's script is suspenseful and interesting.
É impressionante como o Woody Allen mesmo não sendo um diretor de suspense ou algo do gênero consegue realizar essas cenas como se já fizesse isso há muito tempo.
Me senti comovido pelos personagens de um jeito diferente, talvez seja por que eu tenho assistido muitos filmes antigos ultimamente.
Enfim, eu precisava desse respiro, e que respiro.
This high school Acting 101 shit is not gonna cut it for me here. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay? I can't believe this shit. I can't believe that Allen can get away with so much of this shit and still be hailed as one of Hollywood's greatest directors what with this diet iced tea version of Joaquin Phoenix fucking up everyone's lives just because he can't handle rational thinking.
Match Point is a simple, beautifully shot film that intellectually examines chance and how that affects the choices that we make. While covering a lot of the same ground as Louis Malle’s Damage and Allen’s own Crimes and Misdemeanors, this time Allen has a more focused and concise story that is deliberately paced as one thing logically leads to another with an element of chance thrown in. I liked it on a intellectual level and admired the control as it unfolded.
Que filme. Quem ainda questiona a genialidade de Woody Allen precisa, urgentemente, assitir a Match Point, nova obra - prima do diretor.
Ficar retratando o roteiro (primoroso) seria uma tarefa um tanto quanto díficil, tamanha a variedade de gêneros desenvolvidos.
Inicialmente, tudo começa em forma de drama. Ai o que era drama se transforma - se em algo com cavalares de sensualidade (graças a estonteante e extremamente sensual personagem de Scarlett Johansson). Depois a trama ganha ares de suspense policial. E por ai vai.
Apesar de alguns elementos característicos do diretor estarem presentes (como as referências literárias), o filme aponta novos caminhos para filmografia de Allen já que a trilha sonora agora prima pela música clássica, deixando de lado a…
siempre me quedaba la duda --y ayer se lo decía a @chanwilin, quien ya no anda mucho por estos lares-- "¿es match point una buena, una mala o una mediocre película?" match point divide --lo hizo desde que salió y aún ahora lo sigue haciendo--, pero hoy que la volví a ver creo que me quedo con la impresión de que es una gran película. cierto es que por allí hay un par de obviedades del tamaño del mundo --rhys-meyers leyendo dostoievski, por ejemplo, aunque para el caso las arias de enrico caruso tienen la misma función, pero como se escuchan y no se ven, quizá parezcan más "sutiles"-- y que el uso de locaciones les causó comezón a los…
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