Match Point - Woody Serves
| Much has been made about Woody Allenís return to form in 2005. First there was the underrated Melinda and Melinda his first real funny movie in many years. Then there was Match Point, a surprising diversion for Allen that many were hailing as his best film since Crimes and Misdemeanours.
Well anyone who doesnít recognise the brilliance of Husbands and Wives, Bullets Over Broadway and Mighty Aphrodite donít know what they are talking about so the Misdemeanours claim is ridiculous. However, despite what a lot of people say, Match Point, while interesting and certainly better than most of his work over the past decade, is not a triumph or return to greatness for the Woodster.
Match Point is, I will admit, an impressive delving into different territory for this director. First of all, itís not a comedy. I donít think I laughed once and I wasnít supposed to. Sure he has done serious work before (Interiors is my favourite) but this is not that kind of film either. Instead itís a thriller of sorts, delving into the desperate mind of someone driven to murder.
Second, itís set in London with an (almost) all British cast. A Woody Allen film not set in Manhattan is a real oddity.
On both these levels the film works well. Allen has proven he can do something different. He even pays more detail to actually telling the story than he usually does. As of late this tendency has lead to films that are really just about ideas instead of about a story. Match Point is definitely a story even though there are interesting ideas woven in.
However, Match Point drags a little and I found myself not caring too much about any of the characters. I guess I just wasnít invested in their success or failure. Therefore the film was lacking the emotional punch that a good murder analysis should have.
Itís nice to see Woody making good films again and trying something different. Letís just try to get our hearts into it next time.
I will now make a couple of comments on the performers that have nothing to do with the quality of the film.
While this movie convinces me that Scarlett Johansson is the sexiest actress working today, I am still not convinced sheís that good an actor.
Is it just me or is supporting player Matthew Goode (not the musician) a dead ringer for Rupert Everett?