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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…
No siempre las personas reciben lo que merecen, al menos no en un corto plazo
"I'd rather be lucky than good"
What it lacks in the richness of Crimes and Misdemeanors (there's nothing on the level of Judah reminiscing on an old cedar and interacting with it), it makes up for as a thriller (each scene is edited and shot for maximum detachment and discomfort, even when it's a scene where upper-class Brits are much too excited about seeing a movie about young Che Guevara), and as a study of a man and his soul slowly, but surely, eroding.
Heel de film door had ik 3 sterren in mijn hoofd. Toen kwam het einde van de film en kwam er nog een halfje bij. Niet mijn favoriete genre Woody Allen film maar nog steeds heel sterk vind ik.
Hij lijkt een fascinatie te hebben voor ontrouw en hoe daarmee (al dan niet) mee om te gaan, was al eerder te zien in Crimes and Misdemeanors (die ik ook heel goed vond).
Ook kon ik me heel goed identificeren met het hoofdpersonage en het milieu waar hij zich plots in bevond, gelukkig ligt dat nu achter me. Toch moet ik me misschien zorgen maken.
Some clunky plotting. Characters sometimes blurt out exposition. But, it really becomes an interesting film when it switches genres. Pulls off its deus ex machina ending because it prepares us for it.
The man who wanted (and got) everything. Although the first half could have been tightened up a little, and maybe a few of the scenes could have used a couple more takes, the second half is gripping and tense. I always love that Bergman-like conversation in the kitchen very near the end. I am one of the few people that prefer "Cassandras Dream" to this, but both show that Woody Allen is very much capable of making existential thrillers.
I may need to watch this again, because from what I remember, it really wasn't very good.
See my review at Filmmániás blog:
I think Woody Allen tried to deliver something new and he did it very successfully. The outcome is a gripping film with interesting characters and a plot that never failed to surprise me, especially towards the end.
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