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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…
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…
"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)…
Woody Allen's Match Point is an engaging romantic drama, that ends up impressing with a genuinely exciting script and an interesting twist on a seemingly standard romance archetype.
The first two thirds of this film are a likeable, above average romantic movie. The characters are written and acted well by a charming cast and the film never feels dull, which is great here as usually romantic films don't interest me unless there's a twist to it. But as it turns out, the final act introduces a wonderful spin to the plot and boosts the film up from being an above average romantic movie to a very good romantic movie.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is not an entirely reliable lead and his…
"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. 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. "
I have always enjoyed the writing and directing of Woody Allen. Especially is writing, and even though this is completely different style for him. It just proves how great of a writer her really…
Wasn't expecting this storyline at all.
Also, shout out to Matthew Goode.
I can't believe Jonathan Rhys-Meyers did that
When I first saw Match Point at the cinema I fell in love at first sight. The operatic soundtrack, the dialogue, the touch of film noir, the darkness, London and the direction the story takes halfway through, all of it is magnificent. The characters are morally grey, sometimes bleak and superficial, while the film itself offers depth, raises moral questions and subtly criticises society. The pace is very slow, but allows the cast to display great chemistry. Especially Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson are both outstanding. I've seen Match Point four times now and it's still as compelling and poignant as I remember and it's definitely one of my all-time favourites. If you haven't watched it yet, do not read up on it, but go in blind. It's definitely worth it.
Cynical in every sense and a without his name on it you could convince someone that it isn't Allen's work, Match Point is regarded by some as Allen's best work and I could not; even if tried; to share that opinion. It is a good film, but in order for it to be Allen's best, it needs to have not only his voice but the best parts of it. Match Point has his visual style and relaxed pace, but it should have his sharp tongue and dark humor. [B]
At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.
This is Woody Allen stepping out of his comfort zone and it is one of his more accomplished efforts of his later filmography. What starts out as your typical affair laden drama soon turns into an enticing and sexy thriller.
It's nothing spectacular but it is certainly an entertaining and suspenseful watch.
A modern Hitchcockian thriller that demonstrates Woody Allen's filmmaking mastery, regardless of genre. Suspenseful storytelling done well.
A lot better the second time around, I'd say.
When I first saw the film I was rather annoyed by Brian Cox's performance -- this time it seemed to click for me.
I've always been a fan of Allen's dramas, and feel that he captures the essence of a suspense film almost as well as someone like Hitchcock, even as primarily a comedian.
I do think that some of the writing is a little cheesy at times, and some of the timing in the acting doesn't flow as well as it could, but for the most part an excellent film by Allen.
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