Compare with the the similarly themed and entertaining Carnal Knowledge for a look at what I think is director Mike Nichols losing a step or two - actually impressively little for 33 years down the road.
The actors really added to this feeling. Natalie Portman and Clive Owen both give phenomenal performances, both worthy of Oscar noms. It was nice to see Natalie Portman's first "adult" role....now I can't wait to see her performance in Black Swan. Jude Law and Julia Roberts also give great performances. The acting in this film is fantastic and really adds to to complexity of the story. Yes, the characters piss me off like no other, but the performances add a sense of realism to the story, allowing for the audience to feel sad for the characters too.
This is a very tragic, depressing story about "love." The thing I love about this film is how real it feels. Each character truly seems as if they could live near me, it's quite fantastic to watch. The script is brilliant, acting is phenomenal, story is tragic and real, the emotion is intense. This is a great film...not an easy film to watch with out being touched by it. I love it!
Unclear: does Alice/Jane die at the end? She does in the play, but I had always assumed the last scene in the movie was just a pretty "can't take your eyes off of her" bookend. Upon rewatch, Justin pointed out that the pedestrian light is red as she crosses the street, perhaps foreshadowing her imminent demise. If so, Nichols could have made a slightly bigger deal about it - a slow-mo onrush of concerned passersby, crowding towards the bottom of the screen as the scene fades out.
Mike Nichols' "Closer" is a dark, dense character study about modern relationships. Incredible acting and dialogue make this film unforgettable and tragic.
Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cant decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna. Anna herself cant decide between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry.
Very few films out there that only have a handful of actors in it throughout the movie. This film definitely had to depend on these for actors and their acting ability. So thank goodness it was these four. Brilliant performances. Very raw. Loved the honesty and the bluntness of the whole film. Never seen a movie like this that is so real about relationships and so up-close and personnel. Not a romance comedy by far. Not a comedy at all. I guess this falls under more of a drama/romance. Julia Roberts is one of the best. I love watching her act. She is a favorite for sure. Natalie Portman is another, I love seeing her bring characters to life. She has so much emotion. You feel her pain. Jude Law was very vulnerable in this movie. Never seen him like that before. He was great. Clive Owen's character is probably the most rawest. He holds nothing back. Just really great performances. I loved how the story was told. No confusion going back and forth at all. It seemed to really work. I didn't even mind not seeing the drama of the in-between. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Definitely not what I expected. Good watch...
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
Mike Nichols' version of the play "Closer" is one of 2004s most engrossing films with its sharp dialogue and astonishing performances. Everything about this film cuts to the core of the viewer. We watch as two couples, both formed by chance meetings find themselves involved in adultery and manipulation. Each character claims to love their companion, but at the same point they are willing to use them for sexual gratification and deceit. The performances by Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman are sterling. However, the best comes from Clive Owen who delivers his dialogue with such ferocity that he strikes at the audience as well. You cannot help but be taken aback by how emotionally charged and powerful Owen's acting is?certainly worth his award for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes and his Oscar nomination, as well.