Friday, February 24, 2006

Match Point

Match Point PosterLast night it was a choice between Eight Below and Match Point (Very Good).  Jan chose Match Point.  Both the NY Times and Roger Ebert loved it.  Me too.  It is set in London, which was fun, and it was written and directed by Woody Allen.

It's nice to see a well made movie with strong characters.  This is Not A Funny Movie.  The lead character is a tennis pro Chris, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who wants to have something better.  The something better turns out to be a rich family with a marriageable daughter.

The fly in the ointment is the a young woman Nola, played by Scarlett Johansson, who wants something better by marrying the marriageable son in the same rich family.  Chris and Nola are attracted to each other, and the drama begins.

Jan was reminded of the story American Tragedy.  The NY Times reviewer was too.

While there are no funny bits there are some scary bits.  No blood, but
lots of fear.  I thought of Alfred Hitchcock, and at one point toward
the end of the movie the tension was so strong I had to leave for a
trip to the bathroom (wuss).

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