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Match Point: The Movie

Tennis Fool
01-15-2006, 06:05 AM
I just saw Match Point yesterday. It's the new Woody Allen movie that's been given rave reviews. I have to say--I don't get it. To me it was a typical love-triangle movie without any suspense to lead up to its shocking ending.

Anyone else see it yet?

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays an Irish tennis player (Chris Wilton) who was not good enough for the tour and decides to social climb by taking a job as a club instructor to the rich. Scarlett Johannsen also stars.

The movie central premise is one that Marat fans will scorn: the role of luck in tennis and in life (although I doubt Marat would believe as Chris does "I'd rather be lucky than be good"). There is one set up scene in the beginning of the movie where Chris narrates as a ball hits a net cord: The ball rises in the air, and for a second it could go over the net and you win, or fall on your side and you lose.

There is amusing dialouge about who is the better player, Henman or Agassi :lol: Rusedski is also mentioned.

El Legenda
01-15-2006, 06:13 AM
the movie sucks, stupid love movie :rolls:

Tennis Fool
01-15-2006, 06:17 AM
the movie sucks, stupid love movie :rolls:
I wouldn't say that it sucks, just I don't get the hype :shrug: Also it's not a romance but a drama that involves murder.

amierin
01-15-2006, 06:48 AM
I would love to support a tennis movie but he** will freeze over before I support a Woody Allen movie.

Tennis Fool
01-15-2006, 07:02 AM
I would love to support a tennis movie but he** will freeze over before I support a Woody Allen movie.
Why is that :confused: Just FYI, it doesn't have Woody Allen or a Woody Allen-type character in it. Also, it's set in London not NYC.

Experimentee
01-15-2006, 07:42 AM
Someone in the movie actually thought Henman was better than Agassi :cuckoo: :lol:

amierin
01-15-2006, 07:54 AM
Why is that :confused: Just FYI, it doesn't have Woody Allen or a Woody Allen-type character in it. Also, it's set in London not NYC.

His wife was his step daughter until he left her mother to marry her. Call me a prude but how do you raise a child from infancy and then take her as your wife? I believe he's now moved to London.

tennisvideos
01-15-2006, 09:04 AM
Personally I can't wait to see it. I LOVE Woody Allen and his films. I prefer not to judge the man for his choices. It's his life and good on him for living it how he wants. :)

pete25
01-15-2006, 12:46 PM
I watched the movie too two weeks ago.
Personnally, i think it's OK but no more than that.
If I remember well, I think they were comparing Agassi, Henman, and Rusedski on grass. One big lesson to learn from the movie: always think seriously about the consequences of your acts.

savesthedizzle
01-15-2006, 12:48 PM
I thought the plot was okay but the peformances were incredible. I loved it. :shrug:

Leo
01-15-2006, 03:27 PM
I really really wanna see it.

amierin
01-15-2006, 03:41 PM
Leo! Your avatar of Horatio "Sunglasses of Justice" Caine rocks!

The Pro
01-15-2006, 03:45 PM
I liked it. It had good acting, was funny and involving, and had a rather compelling twist of direction.

However at the end it was all a bit too cold for my liking.

Good cameo from James Nesbitt though...

Tennis Fool
01-15-2006, 03:50 PM
I watched the movie too two weeks ago.
Personnally, i think it's OK but no more than that.
If I remember well, I think they were comparing Agassi, Henman, and Rusedski on grass. One big lesson to learn from the movie: always think seriously about the consequences of your acts.
Funny, I got the opposite lesson from the movie. WA is a nihilist. Probably why he married his adopted daughter.

RodLo
01-15-2006, 03:53 PM
Hm...I loved it. :shrug:

Tennis Fool
01-15-2006, 04:41 PM
Wondering if there are any ranked Irish tennis players (or any well known in the past?)

Rex
01-15-2006, 04:49 PM
its a romance film, not a tennis film...

wimbledon:the movie was pretty good, a share of romace, but a better part of tennis.

R.Federer
01-15-2006, 07:33 PM
His wife was his step daughter until he left her mother to marry her. Call me a prude but how do you raise a child from infancy and then take her as your wife? I believe he's now moved to London.

Yes
There should be a law: you don't raise a child and then marry it!
SICK

Jenrios
01-15-2006, 08:15 PM
It had a weird ending - no the one I was expecting. It was filmed at Queens, so it was nice to see Queens featured. But the tennis dialogue made me giggle. Chris's pupil asking him who was mentally tougher 'Agassi or Henman', and then, later on, asking why he had given up when he had the talent of 'Agassi and Rusedski'.

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-25-2006, 04:55 PM
I hated this movie, yes hate. And I am speaking as someone who loves tennis and Scarlett Johansson is my favorite actress. I have seen all of her movies, seriously all of them, b/c she has an eye for good movies! But I truly hated this movie

Someone in the movie actually thought Henman was better than Agassi :cuckoo: :lol:

Well, a character posed the question: "So who do you think had more of a fighting spirit? Henman or Agassi?" :lol: I guess they didnt have a tennis consultant for the film. LOL! Shoulda hired Pat Cash like Wimbledon movie did. LOL

celia
01-25-2006, 05:22 PM
His wife was his step daughter until he left her mother to marry her. Call me a prude but how do you raise a child from infancy and then take her as your wife? I believe he's now moved to London.
he didn't raise her from infancy. i believe she was about 13 when he started dating her mother. they also had very little contact as Mia never lived with Woody.

nevertheless i do take your point. there are a lot of women out there -- he didn't have to go after his girlfriend's adopted daughter. what they both did was in poor taste. Soon Yi was 18 at the time and is therefore equally responsible IMO.

and no i haven't yet seen the movie but i intend to.

Pigpen Stinks
01-25-2006, 05:57 PM
If it's even half as good as Wimbledon, I can't wait to see it! I can't believe Wimbledon didn't run away with the Oscars. The tennis scenes were so realistic. Made me feel like I was sitting at Centre Court.

Gonzo Hates Me!
01-25-2006, 05:59 PM
Are you being sarcastic? LOL! Anyway, I loved Wimbledon so much. I thought it was one of those stupid little movies that you hate to love

but Match Point isnt so much about tennis. It's about a guy who happens to play tennis, ya know.

Pigpen Stinks
01-25-2006, 06:07 PM
Maybe a little sarcastic. Yeah, it was harmless enough, and I did sit through it, but you have to admit that those tennis scenes, of which there were a lot, were thoroughly absurd.

I saw Miracle, and the kids in that movie actually looked like hockey players. It's kind of like if Shrek 3 came out and the animation resembled that from Davey and Goliath.

el güero
01-25-2006, 08:27 PM
Excellent movie, Woody's best in at least 10 years. :yeah:

BTW, it's not a romantic film. It's a nihilistic philosophical thriller about alienation with great sense of humour and witty observations of class differences. ;)

celia
01-28-2006, 06:04 PM
i finally saw this movie last night and i LOVED it. yes it's a nihilistic perspective and reminded me a lot of "Crimes and Misdemeanors" which i also loved. i thought that the tennis was used just as a metaphor. the basic premise of the movie is that in life, as in tennis, some of us have incredible good luck and some of us have really bad luck. that is so true. this movie will not appeal to anyone who feels that they have been dealt a shitty hand in life.