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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Weekly Movie Recommendations : 2nd August 2008 - 8th August 2008

Match Point(2005)

Genre - Crime/Drama/Romance

Cast - Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Brian Cox, Emily Mortimer

Directed By - Woody Allen

Whats It About - At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for a femme-fatal type who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Why To Watch It - Match Point is a cool, classically elegant and concise film that addresses all of the big questions--love, morality, death, fate, chance--without ever seeming heavy or self-conscious.

the opening shot, the film draws you in and doesn't let up, moving from shot to shot with a fine sense of rhythm and a narrative drive that builds the viewer's curiosity through a series of unexpected switchbacks. Allen has put together a superb cast of young actors who bring his near flawless script to life so convincingly that one almost immediately suspends disbelief and becomes absorbed in the story. The shots of London are luxuriant and spacious, never self-indulgent. Few films, novels, or plays manage to form such rich dramatic material out of characters' inner obstacles. A classic piece of drama that reaches toward the likes of Shakespeare and Dostoevksy, every facet--from structure to dialog to editing to sound--is brought off with panache. This is not only Allen at his best but an example of what the cinematic medium is capable of when properly exploited.

1 comment:

CaptainD said...

I've been wanting to see this one for a while now... your write-up makes me want to watch it sooner rather than later - nicely done!