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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…
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…
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…
"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…
Took a little while to get up to a good tone but the ending just blew really bad.
"I don't think it's a character I'd aspire to connect to!"
yeah ok it was good but it takes it time
2 hours of man problems directed by Woody Allen.
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Ridiculous but thoroughly absorbing, especially for the first two-thirds.
Contains some fantastically funny choice, English upper-class dialogue, much of it delivered by a deliciously posh Matthew Goode. The use of London locations is a tiny bit touristy (could have done without the Beefeaters happening to march by in the background at one point!) but mostly I enjoyed that aspect anyway; I do like spotting places near where I live in movies, I'm slightly ashamed to say.
Sadly I still don't buy much that happens in the final 40 minutes. I just don't believe Rhys Meyers' character would choose to, or could manage to (luck or no), do what he does. Consequently, despite these events leading to some thematic ideas of…
Einige Längen im Mittelteil, aber sonst sehr, sehr schön.
Two beautiful failures initiate an affair within the stilted confines of a wealthy British family’s estate. The meal tickets for these failures are a brother and sister -- Tom (Matthew Goode) and Chloe Hewett (Emily Mortimer) -- idly living a life of ease and curiosity as inheritors.
Tom met Nola (Scarlett Johansson), a struggling U.S. actress, at a party and pursued her with enough charm, confidence and cash to make resistance impossible. Their relationship is well under way when Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Myers) enters their lives.
A tennis instructor who recently retired from a professional life that included some notable competitive matches against the greats, Chris has a nonchalant perspective on his career and some disdain for the life-consuming…
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Its basically a remake of Crimes and Misdemeanors but not as good
This film is pain. Like an emotional acupuncture that never relents; prick after prick this film creeps into you. Paralyzes you. The lies cut deep and imbue it with haunting, abrasive atmosphere that infects and itches. Meyer is not unlike a snake preying and administering venom, slithering towards his desire with unbridled fixation, sucking dry everything around him to pour it on his one consuming passion.
The film does little to encourage you to his character, he's a villain. Ironically mechanical, with glimpses of humanity when in proximity to his desire that fuels him, keeps him alive. It shows bare glimpses into his relationship with his endearing benefactors, and every scene with his strongly represented wife (who was very convincing…
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