Film Review: Match Point

Chris (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), a former tennis pro, is polite, quiet and nice. He also wants a change. When he starts giving tennis lessons he becomes fast friends with the wealthy and young Tom (Matthew Goode). Chris gets involved with Tom’s sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer), but he’s clearly uncomfortable by their wealth and generosity: opera tickets, a luxury apartment, a job. Chris becomes obsessed with Tom’s American girlfriend Nola (Scarlett Johansson), an aspiring actress. Things become difficult. Tom breaks up with Nola, Chris marries Chloe and he also begins an affair with Nola. Soon, it becomes Nola that’s obsessed and not Chris.

While Woody Allen is known perhaps best for his neurotic comedies full of self analyzation, Match Point isn’t one of them. The acting is patchy in parts. The film, itself, is also rather lengthy. Match Point takes a while to get where it’s ultimately going. Once it’s finally up to speed, in the final portion of the film, the film is a high energy thriller. It’s an abrupt change that works in bits and pieces.

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