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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,…
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…
I really like the story about this love triangle and how Scarlett Johansson seductively plays with desire. this movie would'nt work without her, you'll fall in love with her.
got a great ending, too.
It's not clinical enough to work as a thriller, though that's to be expected, with many of its digressions proving to be superior to the overstuffed, predictable plot. Stuff like the detective stumbling upon the truth through Dale Cooper like dream logic; a logjam of destiny and fate, "the lucky people," all of that talk which sounds also like a cranky old man narrating in an arena that he's not so familiar with. Unless, of course, it's supposed to be funny, and I suspect Allen is purposefully blurring these people with the Jewish smarties of old: they leisurely read Dostoyevsky, go to The Motorcycle Diaries, at one point Johansson says that the British aristocracy is inbred in comparison to Boulder, Colorado. Shadowy noir tropes and femme fatale extraordinaire aren't as convincing, particularly once Scarlett ceases to be a strong human. Central metaphor is also bleh.
A return to the themes of Crimes and Misdemeanors and, well, lots of Allen films, i.e., love, respectability, and murder, now with the added element of the chance, decisive event that changes everything. An interesting enough concept, but I didn't care at all about these shallow rich folk and their fashionable lifestyles to invest enough in Meyers's character, which diminished the film's ability to create any real tension for me. Thus, it became more of an intellectual problem than a moral one.
Woody conectando un hit de nuevo. Si uno no tiene cuidado, podría creer que es una actualización de Crímenes y Pecados, con lo cual no concuerdo. La primera trata acerca de la moralidad mientras que esta va sobre como el azar es un monstruo sin sentido que a veces nos beneficia.
Quite possibly Allen's darkest film. A great look at infidelity and the horrible acts people commit in order to hide it.
Probably Woody Allen's darkest film, and a companion piece to "Crimes and Misdemeanors": a contently married man, Chris (Rhys-Meyers) falls in lust with his sexy sister-in-law to be, Nola (Johanssen), and they begin a start-crossed love affair.
Chris plays the hard-working family man at home, and has naughty afternoon romps at Nola's flat. What we see is the transformation of a decent man into one who is weak, and then devious, and then cowardly, and ultimately just an evil human being.
The theme is that morality does not always win, and justice does not always prevail. (It's probably Woody Allen's most "atheist" film of all.) This man has everything life has to offer, and yet it's not enough. He goes…
A distinctly 'un-Woody Allen' film as it gets pretty dark and isn't as mischievous or funny as most of his work. Its filled with great characters, which is one of Woody's great knacks.
The last few scenes are heavy-handed and I wasn't entirely convinced with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the lead but it is enjoyable and suitably tense - watch it as a noir, not a Woody Allen film.
I usually hate movies about romance when they involve cheating, but this is definitely a different beast. Woody Allen manages to inject its own voice in a different genre, and create a sexy, suspenseful thriller.
Apparently the secret to tennis and life (and Crime and Punishment) is luck.... but not making movies.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- 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
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…