Friday, January 06, 2006

Cinema 2006-01: Match Point

Normally I work on Thursday nights. Its pre-term so I wasn't working last night. So we went out for dinner and then to see a preview of Woody Allen's Match Point. Date Night of some sort. The big question of the film is how much of life rests upon luck, upon moments of chance going in your favour or against you. This is something of a dodge on moral responsibility as we see tennis-pro Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) getting away with things. Scarlett Johansson gives the most human performance, as the struggling American actress mixing it with the posh English crowd - an image of British society its hard to identify with or care about. Its a bit slow though only just over two hours long, and the hypothesis about luck is revealed at the beginning (much like the tragic/comedy hypothesis of Melinda and Melinda) and then tested through the story. I walked out at the end thinking that was all a bit odd. I think there's probably some connections with Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, a book I might have a shot at reading this year.

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