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Aro Favourite Match Point

 

UK / USA 2005, 124 minutes
Dir. Woody Allen
Rating: [M]
Genres: Suspense/Crime, Drama

 

Aroview: Widely touted as Woody Allen's finest film since the mid-80's, this is also his least characteristic - set in London and entirely schtick-free!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is excellent as a one-time tennis pro who finds himself drawn into treacherous games of infidelity and class envy with his fiance's (Mortimer) wealthy English family, and especially an alluring in-law (Johannson). Shot with a connoisseur's eye for its picture-postcard London locations and interiors, Allen expands considerably on the moral equations of his earlier gem CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, honing in on the corruptive powers of aspiration and lust. If perhaps pushing its plotlines past audience needs and expectations, this remains an impeccably upholstered highlight in the dir.'s recent run.

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