27 comments on “Match Point (2005)

  1. Having just watched THE HEIRESS for the first time yesterday, I had the same thoughts about the similarities to Montgomery Clift’s character in the Wyler film. As you mention, there are shades of Hitch’s “Suspicion” too. Unlike anything Woody had done before and it seemed to reinvigorate him artistically. The film is an elegant, cool tale of lust, greed, sex and murder. Hmm, sounds like a Hitchcock film. Truly enjoyed you look at this film.

  2. Match Point is without a doubt my favorite Allen film. It certainly has many points of comparison with Allen’s own Crimes and Misdemeanors but seems the much more assured work.

    • I’ve seen snippets of Crimes and Misdemeanors but haven’t gotten through it all. I must admit my knowledge of early Woody Allen is limited. Currently Match Point and Midnight in Paris are my faves.

  3. Liked your review. It is one of my fave WA films. I confess that I have a soft spot for JRM. He exudes the right amount of slimy charm in this one.

    • I do enjoy JRM as Henry VIII and when I first saw this I found him adorably sleazy but in rewatching it now, and seeing charm done better, I felt he was lacking but not enough to ruin my enjoyment. Thanks for reading!

  4. I absolutely love this film! It’s one of the few titles I own that I watch every now and then. It just never gets dull!

    -A. Tell

  5. Kristen, MATCH POINT is one of those films I keep meaning to catch up with, but as of yet I simply haven’t found the time yet. However, after reading your blog post, I intend to make a greater effort to catch up with it, because you’ve really got me intrigued! You definitely make it sound as if luck is indeed the MacGuffin, a clever concept. Woody Allen has proven he’s quite capable of drama, but if it’s as film noir-like as you make it sound, I’m intrigued! Your “Snidley Whiplash” quip cracked me up! I do have to chuckle at the idea of anyone in any film accusing Scarlett Johansson of not being sexy — maybe not in her early kid roles, anyway, or maybe he was just trying to take her down a peg! :-) Great post, Kristen!

    • It’s definitely worth the watch! It seems my comparisons are hitting on all cylinders, usually they don’t (or at least they don’t in my opinion) lol. Thanks for reading!

  6. Really enjoyed your review – it made me want to watch this film again. I saw it several years ago, and I remember that I enjoyed it, but I don’t recall much else.

  7. Very excellent post and great choice. This is by far one of Woody’s darker works. I remember thinking “this does not feel like Woody Allen. It feels like someone else” when watching the movie. Now I know that someone else is Hitchcock.

    • It’s definitely dark, glad you used that word! Especially in comparison to his recent output that is very light-hearted. Thanks for reading!!

  8. I liked this film a lot and am interested in your Hitchcock comparisons, which hadn’t struck me when I saw it at the cinema, but do ring true. Having just recently seen ‘The Heiress’, I can definitely see the similarities with Clift’s character in that. Must say I thought Jonathan Rhys Meyers was fine in the lead role. Tthe portrayal of Britain in general in this film is rather dated, with impossibly upper-crust characters who seem to have wandered in out of an older film, but I still found it hugely entertaining and was impressed by the plot twists which pile up at the end.

    • That’s another element I thought could connect back to Hitchcock: the use of popular iconic locations. It seemed almost obvious how some of the English locations were used, complete with characters naming them in regular conversation. I agree that their view of England, particularly in the prejudice against America and the extreme class distinctions did feel a tad dated. Thanks for reading!

  9. Kristen,
    I’m glad I read this post and that, by way of this fabulous blogathon, ran into your site!

    I am a Woody Allen fan so am glad to see someone chose this film. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it but was very impressed by the film overall and by the fact it was an Allen-directed movie. Not his usual fare but I think it’s great. Really enjoyed reading this, a great choice.

    Aurora

    • We seem to both be in luck as I love your site (and if you’re possibly interested I’m hosting my own blogathon)! I mentioned to a few other commenters that this film is incredibly dark in comparison to Allen’s recent work. Thanks for reading!!

  10. MATCH POINT was the first Woody Allen movie I liked in a long time, and I say that as someone who’s been a big fan since I was a kid. It also seemed like the first film he did since maybe EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU that was visually exciting to watch. I’m not always a fan of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, but I thought he worked here, and for me, this is still the best performance Scarlett Johansson has given in one of Allen’s films. And I enjoyed reading your write-up.

    • Easily one of Scarlett Johansson’s best films in her career in my opinion! I definitely need to expand my Woody Allen filmography it seems. Thanks for reading!

  11. Woody Allen certainly knows how to pay tributes to Old Hollywood. I remember an interview with him in a Truffaut documentary. Truffaut was a huge admirer of Hitchcock’s movies and even made his own tributes, like the movie I wrote about, Confidentially Yours.
    Scarlett Johansson was put in spotlight through Allen, but I think her finest work is Girl witha Pearl Earring.
    Greetings,
    Le

    • Seems Allen is in good company, I don’t know much about Truffaut but good to know I wasn’t pulling comparisons out of nowhere. I’ve heard good things about Girl with a Pearl Earring, might have to add that to my Netflix. Thanks for reading!!

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