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Match Point (2005)

  Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen
Starring: Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Links: Match Point on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Chances are you'll appreciate this film" - a review by pearly

Check the sky for flying pigs, because this is a Woody Allen film that does not star Woody Allen. In fact, Woody Allen doesn't appear on screen at all. Not even a little bit. Weird, huh?

Match Point is primarily a film about chance. The characters and their goings-on are largely sub-plots in the overall picture, which has its definite focus on the more thematic elements. It's all quite delicious really. If you imagine the two layers, one being the characters in the this-happens-then-that-happens story, and the other being the themes around which the story is based, it's more the metaphorical layer that's driving the film - this is really in the forefront. This is not, as it may seem, a bad thing.

Aside from these themes, the narrative itself (due in no small part to the fact that the main theme is chance) is quite a twisty and turny thing. Many of these twists will be guessed by the attention-giving viewer, though different people are bound to guess different things. The fantastic thing is, though, that there are bound to be at least a couple of twists that each viewer does not foresee, and these are what make the film superb.

With Match Point, Allen has created a fascinating film which really works as a story - it sucks you in almost immediately, and though there may be a couple of moments which drag, for the most part, it doesn't let up on you, and you're enthralled 'til the end. This is mainly due to Allen's skilled writing and direction, but it doesn't hurt to have the people that he has up on the screen to watch the story playing out - though I think Scarlett Johansson was overshadowed (somehow?) by her more prim and proper British castmates.

I didn't expect Match Point to be as enjoyable as it ended up being. And even though I groaned at the obviousness of some of the twists, by the film's conclusion I really came to appreciate what Allen was trying to achieve. Chances are, you'll appreciate it too.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 30 May 2006

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  1. i think he's giving up appearing in front of the camera - he didn't act in Melinda and Melinda ( either..

    A comment from m1k3y ( on Tue 30 May 2006 18:22 #

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