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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…
"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…
A) Woody already covered this ground in a superior way with CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS
B) At least that film had Woody's usual wit
C) This was a chore to get through.
D) I'd rather watch a film about the two detectives who show up at the end (James Nesbitt & Ewen Bremner).
Match Point starts off as a nice conventional British romantic drama and ends up being a thoughtful thriller. This is without a doubt one of the Woody Allen's best films; in my opinion, it's second only to The Purple Rose of Cairo in its ability to entertain and provoke thought. The British cast and setting is a nice change for Allen, but it's the sheer darkness of the last thirty minutes that most sets this apart from the rest of his work. It's a film that stays with you long after it's finished.
However, unlike usually is the case with Allen's films, you should probably think twice before watching Match Point right before bed!
"I'd rather be lucky than good."
My first Woody Allen experience, really loved it. A brilliant tale of lust and obsession.
Ich bin immer noch hin und her gerissen, denn ich weiß nicht genau was ich von dem Film als Ganzes halten soll.
Was mich daran am meisten gestört hat war Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Ich kann mich nicht erinnern wann mir ein Hauptdarsteller das letzte Mal so wenig zugesagt hat. Und das ist natürlich äußerst schlecht für den Film … ist immer schlecht für einen Film. Ich habe so gut wie alles an ihm gehasst. Wie er spielt, wie er spricht, wie er läuft, wie er sich anzieht, einfach alles.
Was ich gut fand war, dass mich das Ende so positiv überrascht hat. Ich habe mich sehr gelangweilt während ich dieser ausgeleierten Dreiecksgeschichte zusehen musste. Es war unheimlich unbefriedigend dem unsympathischen,…
No parece de Woddy Allen, quizá por eso me gusta más.
Great storyline, with the theme of luck running throughout. Somewhat stilted performances.
Match Point cuenta con todas las virtudes del Woody Allen más serio y cuidado junto con la dosis justa de la larga experiencia del director en el cine. El resultado es una película de una belleza sutil, en el que la buena dirección brilla, precisamente, por ser imperceptible. No tiene grandes artificios ni se sirve de nada especial, simplemente la cámara está donde tiene que estar, el plano dura lo que tiene que durar, la composición es la que tiene que ser, la música transmite lo que tiene que transmitir y todos los actores están estupendos. Especialmente Scarlett Johansson que nunca ha transmitido tanta sensualidad y tanta seXualidad en una película.
Scarlett no interpreta únicamente a un personaje, es más…
After really enjoying all the 'serious' Woody Allen films, to the point where I was beginning to believe that side of him trumped his more jokey side, I finally found one I was disappointed by. Match Point is put together much more skillfully than your typical film. The movie is talky and static -- even more so than Allen's other films; usually actually have a decent amount of movement and such during the conversations -- but the Allen doesn't resort to lazy crosscutting. He captures everything in a very close-up, purposefully roving way and makes great use of the performances. Which, speaking of, are great. Allen has a knack for getting actors to so completely embody a trait they feel…
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