Match Point (2005)

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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.


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  • Ewen Bremner and James Nesbitt in Match Point (2005)
  • Emily Mortimer at an event for Match Point (2005)
  • Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson in Match Point (2005)
  • Penelope Wilton in Match Point (2005)
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Brian Cox in Match Point (2005)

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15 January 2006 | lauriemar
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| Ignore the UK paper reviews, this is terrific
What a throughly engrossing evening Woody Allen has provided. This film has been, by and large, poorly received by the British critics. I cannot understand why. Yes, it does have the strongest echoes of Crimes and Misdemeanours, but if a director/writer can't borrow from his own product, who can? This isn't funny Allen -- there are few laughs -- but it is an extremely intense and successful serious Allen.

Does Allen's magic transfer to my home city? You bet it does; lovely locations; Notting Hill, the Tate Modern, the "Gherkin" in the City, all look great but are also entirely relevant. Many critics said he didn't have an ear for British dialogue. I simply don't hear that -- it may be a bit stagy at times, but the writing is spare, to the point, and literate. Few trans-Atlantic clunkers.

Yes, there are some silly bits; bits where you wish any half-intelligent Englishman had watched the film and said "Wood, old son, this is cobblers". British detectives don't call themselves "Detective so-and-so". They might be Detective-Sergeant or whatever. The force that polices London is the Metropolitan Police, not the "London Police". Perhaps Allen didn't realise that his main copper, Ulster actor James Nesbitt, sounds a parody of the amusing roles he plays in some widely-seen British Yellow Pages adverts. Little things, so easy to iron out, that detract just a touch from credibility.

Scarlett Johannsson -- what an actress, is she really only 20 or whatever? She packs huge power and stunning looks, if occasionally getting a trifle near Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Jonathan Rhys Myers does his forlorn sports coach bit, as from Bend It Like Beckham. The solidly Brit supporting cast is entirely believable, even if their effortlessly affluent lifestyle takes a bit of swallowing. Genuine surprises at the end. This is a thoroughly satisfying evening at the movies.

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Many critics and viewers of this movie noted that the plot bore many essential similarities to Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel "An American Tragedy", as well as the movie version of that novel, A Place in the Sun (1951), starring Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, and Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Despite the unmistakable similarity between the plots of "An American Tragedy" and this movie, however, there was no acknowledgment of Dreiser in the credits, and this movie's only Oscar nomination was for Best Original Screenplay (not Adapted). Woody Allen repeated this tactic for creating a screenplay with his script for Blue Jasmine (2013), which bore unmistakable plot similarities to Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", but which didn't credit Williams. Allen was again nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine (2013).


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Christopher "Chris" Wilton: The man who said "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the ...


Goofs

At around 0:35:00 when Chris and Mr. Hewett are in the gun shack at Hedley, Tom walks in late, and Mr. Hewett accidentally calls him Chris.


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Arresta
from "Guglielmo Tell"
Libretto by
Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis (as Hippolyte Louis Florent Bis)(1829)
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Janez Lotric & Igor Morosow (aka Igor Morosov) (baritone)
Courtesy of Naxos of America

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