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Match Point is "a winning combination of sex, mystery, brilliant writing and first-rate acting that all adds up to one of the most erotic and exhilarating movies in years." (Maxim). Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is being torn apart by his desire for two very different women. Marrying Chloe (Emily Mortimer) will bring him a life of wealth and success, but his true passion lies with his brother-in-law's fiancee, the stunningly sensuous but unpredictable Nola (Scarlett Johansson). Pulsing with tension, Match Point rides the dangerous line between ambition and obsession to an ending as surprising as it is chilling.
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Annie Hall makes you want to visit NYC. Midnight in Paris makes you want to fly off to Paris. This one will make you dream of London. The cities are always the top stars in Woody Allen films.
You can read what the movie is about from the other reviewers. I'm just going to tell you that it is a good movie with an unexpected twist towards the end. This isn't really one of WA's light romantic comedies. ScarJo shows that she CAN act by playing a young American in London trying to pursue an acting career. (I didn't like Scar Jo in Woody Allen's Scoop, so I was going to give up on her if her acting was bad here. It wasn't.)
I bought this DVD, Used, on Amazon from a Seller who said it was Like New. It was. It was also a bargain. It played flawlessly.
It's a very good movie. It isn't your typical WA film and that will surprise you but you will still be satisfied.
Buy it Used on Amazon. :-)
Chris is introduced into the family by a young man, Tom, something of a cad and a wastrel, to whom he's giving tennis lessons. The wealthy scion has a stunning girlfriend, Nola, (again with sensuous lips) a would-be actress (Scarlett Johansson). Unfortunately for Chris he falls insanely in love with the money-poor Nola.
His dilemma: Nola gets with child and wants Chris to leave wife Chloe. Danger! Danger! Danger! What is newly rich Chris going to do? Chris is a striver from Ireland who hasn't seen better days yet. At the beginning of the movie Chris is reading "Crime and Punishment." He and Nola are two of a kind, both schemers and opportunists. Nola says, "You'll do very good for yourself unless you blow it." Nola keeps a diary which chronicles her passionate affair with Chris.
Most of the movie is taken up with the smoldering passions of Chris and Nola and his devious tricks to find time with his mistress. Suspense, Hitchcockian, keeps building in the film. Her neighbor, that staple of the West End stage, Margaret Tyzack, gets a quick view of Chris. Chris says, "Faith is the path of least resistance."
The soundtrack has arias from famous operas, often old scratchy ones, that provide a brilliant backdrop to the action and maneuvering of Chris. The ending is full of twists and turns and some really clever bits. Luck plays an important role in Chris's life.
One character at the end quotes Sophocles, "To never having been born may have been the greatest boon of all."
With this movie Woody Allen opened up new territory and gave us a fine motion picture.
His most recent project is a film from Paris which is in pre-production.
Woody Allen is 74 years old. He may not have many more great films in him, but I'm not ready to write him off just yet.
I was completely surprised by it because I expected to see an orignal screen play not a re-make of a movie that was made in the early 1950's with a young Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift - A Place In The Sun. Both movies are good however, A Place In The Sun is excellent.
I had the same experience when I watched and thoroughly enjoyed Sharkey's Machine with Burt Reynolds. Its an action packed, macho as only Burt can be remake of Laura with Gene Tierney from the 1940's.
I didn't find this movie thought provoking as much as I found that it had tried too hard to be unsettling.