Review: Match Point (2005)

Seeing Woody Allen’s latest feature yesterday confirmed that he is indeed back, returning to his top director and screenwriter form. Match Point exceeded my expectations and kept me guessing until the film’s last moments.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers stars as Chris, a tennis-pro turned social climber. He is married to Chloe (Emily Mortimer) whose brother, Tom (Matthew Goode), is engaged to Nola Rice, a struggling American actress. Nola (the magnificently Scarlett Johansson) is the femme fatale who quickly becomes the object of Chris’s desire.

If you are expecting a typical Woody Allen picture, that is a comedy full of quirky and neurotic characters, you have been warned. This is a drama about lust, passion, love, dec ption, truth, anger, and crime. It is a story only the brilliant Woody Allen could concoct.

I by no means consider Match Point to be a Woody Allen masterpiece, not with Annie Hall and Manhattan apart of his repertoire. But this is a pretty damn good film and it is absolutely worth seeing.

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