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Sunday, April 17, 2011

match point


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.

match point would have to be one of woody allen's more serious dramas. it is about ambition, obsession, jealousy, the seduction of wealth, and the difference between love & lust. the main theme in this film as explained in the first scene, however, shares the profound thought that luck, whether it be bad or good, has more to do with our lives than control. woody allen does have a valid theme, however, it is hard to see such a strong theme when the main character is
so morally empty. one could point out that this character could have worked against his temptations (which he definitely had control over) and there wouldn't be any problem at all...to me it was more of a "i-did-some-bad-things-and-it's-all-up-to-luck-whether-i-get-away-with-it-or-not" kind of a story...but then again maybe that's what woody allen was going for. i did enjoy it regardless of that little hole in the story. very good performances, haunting soundtrack, and i am always a sucker for woody allen films.