I’ve been waiting a long time for a new Woody Allen drama. Although his comedies are in a bit of a renaissance, his last real drama (Sweet and Lowdown, which was a drama in the vein of Annie Hall ) was nothing compared to Hannah and Her Sisters.
Finally, Woody’s prolific writing and directing pays off big time. Match Point is a long film with a very proper English family, an intriguing love affair, and a twisty ending that makes this Woody’s best film in years. But it’s not fair to only rank this film amongst the writer/director’s past films–Match Point is certainly one of the most interesting screenplays of 2005.
Laura didn’t like Scarlett Johansson’s acting, but I didn’t notice anything odd. I kept thinking of Jonathan Rys-Meyers as Elvis.
The cinematography and acting are so Woody Allen–slow, deliberate, exact. Perhaps this is a skill he picked up from his idol Ingmar Bergman. His way with language, normally put into the mouths of New York characters, translates nicely into proper British English. Somehow it’s a perfect match.
I can say no more, as the ending is a surprise, but I’ll leave you with my rating: 8 out of 10. It’s a bit too slow for my taste–not that I complained at the time, I just prefer shorter films.
Actually, I’ll leave you with this pertinent information from IMDB:
His films often include 2 female personality traits: one a spontaneous, energetic, offbeat artist and the other a motherly care-giver type…… and Woody (or his main male character) will have to chose between the two.