Sunday, January 15, 2012

Match Point (2005)

I like Woody Allen films, in spite of knowing that due to his personal life, we're not SUPPOSED to like Woody Allen films anymore.  I enjoy the nostalgia of seeing New York City in the 70s and 80s in some of his classic films, and I like that you know you're pretty much getting the same film each time you watch one.  A group of usually well to do people gathering and talking about life, love and the complexity of relationships.  In recent years, Allen decided to do a series of films that leave New York City and are based in London.  The first of these three films is Match Point.

Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a former tennis pro with no direction in his life until he meets Tom (Matthew Goode).  The two become fast friends, and Tom's sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer) becomes smitten with him, but not before Chris meets Tom's fiancee', Nola (Scarlett Johansson).  Flirting ensues, people break up, people get married, people try to get pregnant, people DO get pregnant, then there's a twist in the last 25 percent of the movie that I did NOT see coming, and I'm glad I didn't know about it.  I don't want to spoil it for those of you who want to see the film, but there are scenes that are riveting to watch.

It's important to note that those scenes do NOT involve Scarlett Johansson.  I've seen her in multiple films in the past, and no matter what she's playing, she always seems to have this very bored look about her.  There were scenes where you could SEE she was trying to play the role of the tragic, down on her luck, clearly becoming an alcoholic actress, but it was clear that she was, in fact, ACTING!  Meyers, oddly attractive, smoldered at times and, at others showed sensitivity and anxiety that was palpable. (One only need to watch the scene in Nola's neighbor's apartment to know what I'm talking about (still not giving anything away).)

London doesn't get the usual starring role that Allen saves for the Big Apple, and that was kind of a shame.  While I am looking forward to discussing the other films of his London trilogy, I'm sad to say that the next film, Scoop, stars the always fun to look at Hugh Jackman and....sigh...Scarlett Johansson.

Match Point Gets 3 pugs

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