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Match Point
DVD disk
May 9, 2006 By: Quigles
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Director:
Woody Allen

Actors:
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Scarlett Johansson
Emily Mortimer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An ex-tennis pro falls for a beautiful actress who is currently dating his possible brother-in-law.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Considering Woody Allen's recent track record of films like SMALL TIME CROOKS, CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, HOLLYWOOD ENDING, ANYTHING ELSE, and even MELINDA AND MELINDA (which sorely disappointed me, despite the great premise), I had no reason to expect greatness from his next effort. But surprisingly enough, greatness was in fact delivered, albeit in a much different tone than most will be used to from the likes of him. Instead of a film about a bunch of quirky characters dealing with relationship issues in New York, this movie deals with a bunch of not-so-quirky characters dealing with relationship issues in London. OK, so I guess the idea in itself is not so different from most of Allen's films, but the feel of the film is. In other words, don't expect a comedy... this is a serious drama, through and through (not a thriller, like some people had it labeled).

The theme of luck over fate is addressed at the start of the movie, being compared to a tennis match when the ball just knocks the top of the net... the ball can either fall back on your side, or bounce over to the other side. I particularly liked this theme, because it's something that plays a huge part throughout the film... most notably the ending, where things come full circle. Speaking of which, MATCH POINT takes such a bizarre turn in its final half hour that I have to admit to being a little taken aback, but in a good way. Others though, may feel much different, even to the point that the ending might ruin the movie for them. Not so for me, as I thought the ending allowed audiences to see something not commonly done in this type of film. It also works because of how developed all the characters have become. Throughout all the back and forths between the leads, it actually feels like you can understand them as real people. This is most evident with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who despite seeming to be very loose with his morals, does actually seems like a genuinely decent person. This just makes the ending all the more shocking, which I loved. Lets just hope Woody can keep to this standard with later productions.
THE EXTRAS
In keeping with other Woody Allen DVDs, there are no extras provided here... unless you count the Preview for MUNICH.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
To those of you hoping for a traditional Woody Allen affair, you're in the wrong place. This movie feels like a much different breed than Allen's previous works, and personally, I found the change refreshing. The DVD doesn't feature any extras, but the movie alone is good enough for a recommendation. However, I can't really see the movie standing up to multiple viewings, so maybe just a rental is in order.
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