JT Film Review

44 – Match Point (2005)

Match Point REVIEW

4/5 stars

Director – Woody Allen

Cast – Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brian Cox

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Woody Allen’s Match Point is an introspective and slightly drawn out film. The length shouldn’t affect too many people hopefully, as the result is quite interesting. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (always a bit over-rated in my opinion) plays a hard to read tennis instructor who is a bit of a douche. He falls for his friend’s fiance, which sets in motion a stream of progressively worse series of events, leading to a death. The movie deals quite heavily with luck, and its importance in life. One plot point in particular at the end deals with this, and creates a scene that I didn’t think would have worked, but nonetheless works quite well here.

Scarlett Johansson is very good here in the role of an insecure and volotile actress, and she sets many of the plot points in motion. Her character is sexy, yet unsure of herself. This makes it easy for Rhys Meyers character take advatage of her. She certainly goes along however, and becomes extremely attached to Meyers. The movie never seems to asign blame, and if I could find a fault with the movie that’d be it. People in this movie do some pretty dastardly things, but Woody Allen not only didn’t assign blame, but even seems to applaud him for getting away with the deed. It isn’t as blatant as that… but it’s still there.

A word about the supporting cast… Brian Cox is good as always. Emily Mortimer is great as Meyer’s wife. She plays naive and innocent, but not in an annoying way, and Matthew Goode as Meyer’s friend is outgoing and easygoing in a nice friendly way.

OVERALL

Match Point isn’t a thriller in the Hollywood sense, but takes it’s tonal cues from English “who-dunnit’s”. This is not a bad thing, and the movie keeps us interested more or less the whole way through. The performances are good, and Woody Allen’s direction is subtle but effective. Woody Allen himself claims this as his best work. I am not familiar with most of his work, but you can see why he likes this one. Definitely recommended if you don’t mind a slightly slow “pot boiler”.

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“Match Point” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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September 7, 2009 - Posted by | 4 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Drama, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. There’s no ground here that Allen hasn’t gone over before, but as a treatment of upper crust mores and, eventually, as a thriller, it’s compulsively watchable and generally well acted. Nice post!

    Comment by CMrok93 | November 12, 2010 | Reply


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