Match Point is another strange and quirky Woody Allen movie that is
a drama/romance/thriller which centres around Chris Wilton (Joanthan
Rhys-Meyers) who is a retired tennis professional that now works at
a prestigious country club teaching millionaires the fine art of
This is where Chris meets Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode), the son of
Alex (Brian Cox) and Eleanor Hewett (Penelope Wilton), a wealthy and
over the top family. The family eventually accept Chris as one of
their own and he eventually starts a relationship with their
youngest daughter Chloe (Emily Mortimer).
This is where the Wood Allen twists start to pop up when Chris is
introduced to Tom's fiancé, the beautiful Nola (Scarlett Johansson)
and when no one is watching, they soon begin to flirt. Eventually,
they both give into their lustful feelings and end up sleeping with
each other. Nola confesses that their passionate night of love
making was a mistake, however Tom becomes infatuated with her.
Eventually Tom and Nola break up, only to come back into Chris' life
several years later and makes him question everything about his life
The stars of the movie are of course Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Chris
who really falls into his character perfectly and has an aura of
maturity around him. Of course Scarlett Johansson is perfect as Nola
and it's a role that she was born to play.
Match Point is a tale about aggression and manipulative
relationships that only Woody Allen can master and unlike his
traditional quirky only tales, the drama/romance/thriller genre
truly takes the viewer by surprise, especially as Chris becomes more
and more infatuated with Nola.
With so many twists and turns plus that classic Woody Allen dialogue
that sometimes goes forever, the movie would also work as a stage
play as it's carefully divided into three parts. I must admit that
the ending took me by surprise as I was expecting something more
clichéd and mainstream Hollywood, however with Woody Allen involved,
you definitely need to think outside the square.
Blu-ray, the video and audio quality is quite spectacular from the
high quality images and vibrant colours. Scarlett Johansson has
never looked better and the Blu-ray format only just compliments her
beauty. Definitely a DVD for those seeking a twist to their standard