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I hated this and really liked it, its soooo awfully written and acted
Match Point (DVD)
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Match Point (DVD)
Advantages: Its hilarious for the wrong reasons, the story is ok
Disadvantages: The dialogue is ridiculous, so awful it was hard not to laugh
I┤m shocked that this film has got 4 out of 5 on this site, I accept that the cast is pretty awesome and the story itself is very watchable, but the dialogue is awful, absolutely cringemakingly bad.
The story follows Chris (Rhys Meyers) a former Tennis pro seeking new work, he makes friends with Tom Hewitt (Matthew Goode) and through him meets Tom┤s sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer), Chloe is from rich stock and Tom takes advantage of her feelings for him to build a relationship, meanwhile Chris falls for Nola (Scarlett Johannson) the American actress girlfriend of Tom. Chris and Tom carry on an affair and their relationship puts Chris┤opportunities to be somebody in society with Chloe in jeopardy leaving him to decide between security and love/lust.
The story has catastrophic results for some of its participants and not for others.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Chris Wilton (as Jonathan Rhys Meyers)
Alexander Armstrong ... Mr. Townsend
Paul Kaye ... Estate Agent
Matthew Goode ... Tom Hewett
Brian Cox ... Alec Hewett
Penelope Wilton ... Eleanor Hewett
Emily Mortimer ... Chloe Hewett Wilton
Janis Kelly ... 'La Traviata' Performer
Alan Oke ... 'La Traviata' Performer
Mark Gatiss ... Ping-Pong Player
Scarlett Johansson ... Nola Rice
Philip Mansfield ... Waiter
Simon Kunz ... Rod Carver
Geoffrey Streatfield ... Alan Sinclair (as Geoffrey Streatfeild)
Mary Hegarty ... 'Rigoletto' Performer
John Fortune ... John the Chauffeur
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Henry
Colin Salmon ... Ian
Steve Pemberton ... Detective Parry
Ewen Bremner ... Inspector Dowd
James Nesbitt ... Detective Banner
I┤ve included the most well known cast members here because as you can see this is a really good mostly British cast, Rhys Meyers is awful in the lead whilst Scarlett Johannson like Rhys Meyers looks much better than she acts. Goode is underused, bit parts for people like James Nesbitt, Ewan Bremner and Steve Pemberton as policemen as stilted and forced and embarrassing to watch. Johannson looks awesome, but her dialogue is totally unamerican and she ends up coming across as a whiney siren.
The cast is stellar, the writing is tired, cliched and pretty appalling, I think this is Woody Allen writing a story of how he would imagine London life to be, his overuse of words is awful as people sound like cliches from Jeeves and Wooster rather than modern people. At times the dialogue is so bad that a policeman will fully explain why he believes something happened in the most forced manner that it sounds like a school play.
The acting feels unnatural and the actors are clearly above this script, which makes for uncomfortable viewing at times, the excellent Emily Mortimer has to utter the most preposterous tosh at times and does so with her dignity intact thankfully.
The story itself does hold your attention and the dialogue is bearable through gritted teeth, but to hear Rhys Meyers keep using the phrase ┤═ beg of you┤ made my teeth ache, I watched this with some foreign friends and found the spanish subtitles actually gave a much more honest and modern interpretation of the dialogue, in English it is hilarious and almost like one of those silly old dubbed sketches.
Comedy this ain┤t, the decision Chris has to make is probably close to Mr Allen┤s heart with his own personal issues with a wife and lover and this personal project could possibly have been much better with a sharper tighter script, less words and more attention to detail.
It is silly and unrealistic and if the Police actually work the way Mr Allen suggests in this film then I would question what state we are in, thankfully they don┤t and thankfully this is fiction of the silliest and unintentionally funniest kind.
I rented the DVD from Lovefilm and it is available for a fiver on Amazon. I would be really grateful to hear others opinions as I might be totally wrong here, but at times the film felt unrehearsed, the dialogue unnatural even in the poshest parts of Belgravia and the story beggars belief.
For me the best thing about the film was the music, it is classy, thoughtful and everything the film could have been (Don┤t even get me started on the dream sequence near the end!!!)
Summary: I hated this and really liked it, its soooo awfully written and acted