Friday, December 30, 2005
Quote of the Day —
Woody Allen's Match Point
Because Woody Allen's early films are about as funny as any ever made, it is often assumed that his temperament is essentially comic, which leads to all manner of disappointment and misunderstanding. Now and then, Mr. Allen tries to clear up the confusion, insisting, sometimes elegantly and sometimes a little too baldly, that his view of the world is essentially nihilistic. He has announced, in movie after movie, an absolute lack of faith in any ordering moral principle in the universe - and still, people think he's joking.
In "Match Point," his most satisfying film in more than a decade, the director once again brings the bad news, delivering it with a light, sure touch. This is a Champagne cocktail laced with strychnine. You would have to go back to the heady, amoral heyday of Ernst Lubitsch or Billy Wilder to find cynicism so deftly turned into superior entertainment.
“The universe and I are two.”
PS: I saw the trailer. Is Scarlett Johannson always so believable as a spoiled, self-centered brat because she's such a good actress, or is this another case of art imitating life?
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The film is in the general tradition of his earlier success Crimes and Misdemeanors. A mistress is killed for preserving the domestic idyll. Difference here is about degree of remorse and intensity. The earlier one had its light moments. Here we are more in the tradition of ‘Talented Mr Ripley’, perhaps a better rendition of amoral quest of an upwardly mobile ambitious and talented young man. I enjoyed the movie very much.
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