Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Movie of the Week - Match Point

This week’s movie is Match Point (2005).

Directed by Woody Allen, the film is about a former tennis pro who marries into a rich family, but falls for a femme-fatal who is dating his brother-in-law. The film features an excellent cast including: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Emily Mortimer, Scarlett Johansson and small performances by Ewen Bremner and James Nesbitt. The film is also the first of Allen’s Scarlett Johansson trilogy, who he claims was his muse, all of which are set in Europe as opposed to New York (the other two are Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona). But what makes the movie great is the tension Allen is able to build. He is able to create a compelling thriller in which the viewer feels the pressure as if they are the main character themselves. It is also one of Allen’s better visual films to go along with his classic dialogue. All in all, Match Point is clever and engrossing – a must for fans of Allen and thrillers. Check out the trailer.

Match Point [Blu-ray/DVD]

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