Match Point, 2005, Woody Allen, director
John: Two things stand out for me: 1) early in the movie the central character’s reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment;and, 2, the look in his eyes in the final shot. Luck has given him freedom, but he is doomed to a life of remembering. The movie doesn’t tell us this, it shows it in ways that are subtle and profound and real—Crime and Punishment. This is masterfully done from the title, to the complex plot, to the final resolution. And it is better (or at least less distracting) not having Allen, himself, in the film. Scarlet Johansen is appealing, demanding and insistent in a way that drives this story forward.
GO, GO, GO, GO (4 GOs out of 4)
Spanky: Watching the DVD I thought what a pleasure it is to be walked through London by Woody Allen at the same unhurried pace that he’s taken through Manhattan all these years. Instead of Gershwin, we have opera to accompany us, the soundtrack packed with plaintive arias. There are a few characteristic scenes: people talking while walking down the street together and encounters in an art gallery (The Tate). But, like the main character, we in the audience are hooked into little decisions that end up big ones (reminds me of Patricia Strangers on the Train Highsmith). This is one of Woody’s classics, but, unless you have severe short time memory problems, I wouldn’t watch it too close to Crimes and Misdemeanors.
BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK (4 BARKs out of 4)