Match point (2005, Woody Allen)

I am a fan of Woody Allen’s films. I loved Annie Hall(1977) and Manhattan(1979). The dialogue was brilliant in both of them. He wrote the scripts for these movies, and also played the main character in both.

From his work and interviews he seems to be a cynical person, with a pessimistic aproach to life, but I think that’s what makes his type of humor so special. It’s not necessarily a dark humor, but more like a realistic, down-to-earth kind. Woody Allen noticed probably that the truth is actually the best joke a man can hear.

But there’s no humor in Match Point, a two hour long drama starring Scarlett Johansson,  J.R. Meyers, Matthew Goode and Emily Mortimer. Well, not only them, but they play the main characters.

The major theme of the movie is stated in the narrative sequence in the beginning. Luck. You can have everything in the world, but that’s not enough if you don’t have luck. The name of the film itself is a reference to this concept.

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The movie revolves around Chris (played by Meyers), a handsome, intellectual tennis coach. He reads classics, he listens to opera, he knows how to get under people’s skin. And how could he not, have you seen his face? Unfourtunately, he seems willing to do anything for a better social position.

Actually, we don’t even know if what he does it’s for the social position or just stability and family. Allen didn’t let us know almost anything about his past. The question is, can we blame the character’s moral decay on his past? Or it’s just a problem of faith and bad timing?

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The start of the journey that led to his dehumanization was caused by the powerful lust for Nola (Scarlett’s character). And as Hollywood accustomed us, affairs don’t end well. Ever.

Chris looked right from the beginning a bit like a sociopath. Meyers played him very well. The tone of his voice, the rhytm of speaking, the way he looked at other people. It was clear that it was more to this character than his pretty face. Also, what he does in the end comes as no surprise tbh.

Oh, my favourite part of the movie was Mark Gatiss by the way.

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I’m waiting for Sherlock, Mark!

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