Match Point details
|Starring:||Rupert Penry-Jones, Brian Cox, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Pemberton, Colin Salmon, Paul Kaye, Emily Mortimer, Scott Handy, Margaret Tyzack, Selina Cadell, John Fortune, Penelope Wilton, Anthony O'Donnell, Matthew Goode, Jonathan Rhys Meyers|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Writer-director Woody Allen takes his cast and crew to London to film this drama of a romantic entanglement starring Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Emily Mortimer.
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After a middling ...By Gideon Wellins from Manchester, England , 20 Jan 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]After a middling career in pro tennis, Chris (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, slinky and reserved) has found himself employed as a tennis pro at an English country club. It is there he meets Tom (Matthew Goode), a playboy who introduces Chris to his wealthy and influential family, including sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer). Looking for a bump in class, Chris marries Chloe, but Tom's new fiancée, an American named Nola (Scarlett Johansson, in an ideal combo of sultry and disturbed), is what really sets his mind and loins wheeling. Instigating a rapturous affair with Nola, Chris embarks on a dangerous social journey that might threaten his perfect, respectable life.
Woody Allen has been in a rut as of late. Finding that his comic timing has lost its tick ('Hollywood Ending,' 'Anything Else'), and his dramatic chops lacking urgency ('Melinda and Melinda'), 'Match Point' finds the filmmaker at a creative dead end. So, I guess it's time for a trip to England.
'Point' is one of the few Allen productions to be set outside of America (or New York City, to be more specific), and the change in scenery has really ignited the filmmaker's cinematic tools. That's not to say the picture strays far from Allen's traditional visual and aural trimmings, but the jump across the pond has given Allen an opportunity to try examining new personalities, class systems, and locales. Thematically, 'Point' has a lot in common with Allen's 1989 masterpiece, 'Crimes and Misdemeanors,' which, to some fans, might reek of stealing from himself. I can't defend Allen's questionable inspiration for 'Point,' but I do enjoy the filmmaker's continuing study of morality, and what part that plays in passion and critical decision-making.
In keeping with the new surroundings, 'Point' explores the English class system and how it's the fuel that drives Chris's ambitions. Starting out as a lowly tennis instructor (with a history of failure), Chris soon begins to taste the high life with his courtship of Chloe, gradually climbing the ladder of money and respectability that's as potent and important to him as the sexual gratification he gets from Nola. Allen mines this material for everything it's worth, selling Chris's new life with gorgeous locations that take the viewer into impeccable London apartments and the rolling countryside of a holiday home (shot beautifully by Remi Adefarasin). He also adds an element that rarely rears its head in an Allen production: sexual heat. While far from explicit, the affair between Chris and Nola provides some sequences that are unusually frenzied, yet feel necessary to comprehend the carnal desire that keeps impeding Chris's good sense.
In trying to keep in line with my critic code of ethics, I must stop here in describing Allen's scripted twists and turns; the final act of the film is runaway mine car of surprises, and keeps closely in line with the heavy opera backdrop of the story. 'Match Point' provides just enough reason to fall in love with Woody Allen again, with the auteur creating cracking good drama for the first time in a very long time, in a location that will hopefully relight the creative fires in him for years to come.
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A game of chanceBy a customer from Oxfordshire , 07 Jun 2010Again, another film from Woody Allen that I wasn't expecting to like, but I loved it! Slightly slow to get going but just when I thought Rhys Meyers was going to get his come-uppance, the twist at the end made it all worth while.
What's the point?By harvard86 (28 reviews) from London , 25 Mar 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideHow are the mighty fallen. I had forgotten how much woody allen's films had dipped. This feels like the beginning of the end. Leaden plotting, attocious dialogu, unbelievable characters. I did enjoy watching the inexplicably overrated Johansen getting blown away but I could not understand the reason for it. Implausible. Too many cod english upper class accents and a supposedly poignant ending that was just tosh.
worth itBy RamRez (3 reviews) from London , 09 Mar 2010surprisingly good... It makes me sad to think that there are actually people out there like this.
Very entertaining and a FANTASTIC ending!
Match PointBy Heike (4 reviews) from Bristol , 28 Jan 2010Just a short one to explain the lack of stars from me: only watched the first 20 minutes - then abandoned because the story held no interest, the acting was totally rubbish, the directing was pants and the film in generally (the first 20 minutes) was very badly made. Just a bunch of half grown empty brained idiots. Maybe the next hour or so is better, but I lost interest. There are better films to watch out there.
Woody Allen at his most forgettableBy C1LS56 (161 reviews) from Tunbridge Wells , 15 Jan 2010A friend persuaded me to put some Woody Allen films onto my list. The earlier ones are really strong, with well put together social and moral storylines, but I found this unremarkable.
I'd watch something else if I were you.