Match Point is a brilliant, brilliant movie. And my eighth favorite Woody Allen film.
It is not a comedy.
And it was not filmed in New York.
It’s a drama, or perhaps a “thriller” (as it’s billed), and it was filmed in London, England.
The story is about relationships, infidelity, death – all the traditional Woody Allen themes.
Only this time they’re told differently, with more skill.
And with greater impact.
And with the uber-sexy actress Scarlett Johannson as the femme fatale.
The opening voice-over narration sets the tone for the movie:
The man who said “I’d rather be lucky than good” saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It’s scary to think so much is out of one’s control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn’t, and you lose.
And it only gets better from there.
Match Point is story is a former tennis pro (Rhys Meyers) who becomes a tennis instructor at an exclusive club. He gets serious with the sister (Mortimer) of his Continue reading