Match Point (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  

United Kingdom/Luxembourg, 2005.  BBC Films, Thema Production, Jada Productions, Kudu Films.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

After a number of unimpressive comedies, Woody Allen redeems himself with this fantastic drama set in London and featuring an impeccable cast of mostly British actors (and one superb American one). Working for the first time completely outside his native Manhattan, Allen has fashioned a mesmerizing tale of passion and desperation as successful tennis-pro and instructor  becomes friends with an upper class student () and starts dating his sister (). Upon meeting Goode’s fiancee (), Rhys Meyers becomes obsessively fixated on her and they begin an affair. His life with his girlfriend, however, is much more satisfying financially, propelling him into a double life of social-climbing with Mortimer’s connections and satisfying lust with Johansson. Unfortunately, people who think they can have it all usually can’t, and it is not long before consequences come knocking on our dubious hero’s door. Johansson is the picture of femme fatale glory which soon gives into the reality of existential misery as her character gives more and more of herself and receives less and less in return, while Mortimer has such an incredible lack of chemistry with Rhys Meyers that their relationship’s shallow justification is only made more believable. The luminous photography, the exceptional dialogue and the jaw-dropping resolution all make for the best film that Allen has made since Crimes And Misdemeanors.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Supporting Actress (Scarlett Johansson); Best Director (Woody Allen); Best Screenplay

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