Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Movie You Aught to See: Match Point

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

Match Point
Directed by Woody Allen
Released December 28, 2005

This undervalued film from the mind of comedy maestro Woody Allen was a serious return to form for the director five years ago. Dismissible as a remake of his 1989 film “Crimes and Misdemeanors” set in London and minus the comic character played by Allen himself, this serious drama about infidelity and morality with a brilliant screenplay instead became a completely separate and magnificent film. The operatic score enhances the mood, and as always, Allen solicits excellent performances from his leads. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer, and Scarlett Johansson may not have been the actors Allen used to use in his films, but they do an astonishing job here, and clearly Allen loves working with Johansson enough to cast her in two of his subsequent films.

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