i can't believe this man is thought to be a storytelling genius when will his reign of terror just END
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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…
alejandra acaba de terminar de leer crimen y castigo y me pareció pertinente sugerir que viéramos match point. más la veo, más me gusta, pero verla ahora, con la inevitable imagen de un woody allen abusando de la hija de su esposa, me hace ver con ojos menos fascinados esta película donde un hombre comete terribles bajezas morales y sale caminando libre de ellas. peco de auteurista, perdón.
I have watched Match Point a ridiculous amount of times since its release in 2005. I enjoyed it at the cinema, but I have fallen in love with it on home viewing. It is a great mix of Woody Allen verbose, rich dialogue, this time with a heavy amoral focus; while being simultaneously a sultry neo-noir. It remains a surprisingly sexy effort from Allen, he capitalises on the casting, where Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson light up the screen with genuine chemistry, and Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer, Brian Cox and Penelope Wilton provide tremendous support.
I remember at the time UK critics gave it a bit of a tough time because they felt that the dialogue was superficial and…
This is s strange and intelligent Woody Allen flick. It's deep in lies and safistication but it lacks a strong lead character and the ending didn't pack a good enough punch. It is well written though and the characters can be realistic even though most are forgotten.
I can't help but think that this film wood have been better set during the 60's or 70's. I think it would have given it more substance than it being set in the present.
i needed to smoke halfway through the movie because the tension was just getting to me. loved it.
I still have to catch up on a lot of "golden-era" Woody Allen, so I can't really compare this to his earlier work (or his slightly-earlier-less-good-by-nearly-all-accounts work), but I thought this was really solid. Totally took me in.
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(this review contains spoilers. But that doesn’t matter, because it’s not a very good movie.)
Bleh. 2 hours’ worth of a bunch of toffs waffling about while some asshole (our protagonist, folks!) does his level best to screw things up. He does not quite manage it (though two people end up dead due to his idiocy) because Allen was trying to make a point about the pointlessness of life and how luck is far more important than we want to realize. We know this because it is repeated by various characters over the course of the bloody movie. After a while, even the sight of Scarlett Johansson in bed with any one of a number of blandly handsome men (they were difficult to tell apart, honestly) got a bit dull.
Oh, and the soundtrack is all old recordings of opera singers, because the protagonist mentioned he likes opera once. How very clever.
This is perhaps the least Woody Allen movie written and directed by Woody Allen. Pushed out of his comfort zone of New York City, he resists the opportunity to cast a Woody stand in and instead builds a really solid set of characters. Scarlett Johansson is really quite bad in this but I can't tell if that is her playing the role of a bad actress.
I thought this was really boring and Jonathan Rhys Meyers doesn't do it for me I dunno
Not your typical Woody ...
The first shot in Woody Allen’s Match Point is meant to serve as a metaphorical master-image for the film as a whole: a freeze-frame shot of a tennis ball suspended in space over the net after striking it, poised between falling on one side of the net or the other. It's an image of blind chance: Which side the ball lands on has nothing to do with which player is more skilled, let alone more deserving. The universe is indifferent to the outcome and its consequences.
There’s tons of great erotic thrillers out there, but this one feels new in both its tone and plot. It’s not the feel-good movie by any means, but if you’re up for some crazy shit involving some crazy people, this one’s a winner.
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This film is worth watching, I really recommend it. It has unexpected final, keeping you all the time in waiting of something, and you cannot guess, what it will be.
Very nice acting makes the film so special, because plot is rather simple, but acting - it's perfect, it keeps you nervous, thinking of what's wrong, what's is going on?
Many little but important details, be attentive.
The film proves - all the life is fortuity, it doesn't matter who are you, or what you are - some occasion can change everything.
Can you ask yourself - what is your limit? Can you be brave enough to make choices? to be responsible for them?
Bring me down, I beg of you.