Posted on 3/14/13 11:31 PM
★★★★ (out of four)
Woody Allen returned to form following several disappointing films. He shifts his focus to a more serious and intriguing picture. "Match Point" is one of his darkest films without being a comedy. It steps every so gently on the toes of Hitchcock and gives the great director a chance to try out different camera styles while still preserving his well crafted characterizations and wit.
Allen takes his show on the road, moving the focus from New York to London for the first time. Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a gifted and unfocused tennis player. He takes a job as a tennis instructor at a wealthy club. There he falls for the pretty and wealthy Chloe Hewett.
Chris enjoys climbing into a new social bracket, but his attraction to Choe's, brothers girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) consumes him. The deeper they fall for each other the faster his new life might disappear.
Another writing Oscar nomination greeted Woody and this film was very important in bringing the director back to the foreground of important filmmakers.