MATCH POINT Dostoyevsky’s film?
Recently, I went back to the cinema to see “Match Point”, which was directed and written by Woody Allen in 2005. Furthermore, It ‘s the second Woody Allen’s film shot away from his admired and adored New York.
To start with, when I saw “Match Point” for the first time, I not only enjoyed it a lot, but also I was convinced it was a genuine Allen’s film. However, now in the new “revision”, I found out new aspects , many details in the film that for me are not typically Allen’s.
“Match point” tells about the social rise of a tennis instructor (Jonathan Rhys Meyer) in the closed British Upper Society, thanks to a providential friendship (Mathew Goode) and a beneficial marriage. However, this useful wedding will have a price. In fact, Jonathan in the film will have to decide between passion (Scarlet Johansson) or desperation to keep his social status (Emily Mortimer),and as a consequence there will be an unexpected and suspenseful end.
Moreover, the psychological developement of the main character,Crhis Wilton, (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is not a feature of Woody Allen’s film. Actually, in the plot, this character progresses without the real “touch” of sarcasm. Indeed, in my opinion, the lack of irony makes this role, an extremely drammatic personality. As a result, Chris Wilton could perfectly be a Dostoyevsky’s character, involved in the dark themes of Crimes and Misdemeanors, through the skulduggery and violence and without punishment. Nevertheless, he is not a traditional character in Woody Allen’s film.
In conclusion, Woody Allen has made many transitions in his films throughout the years, transitioning from his early, funny ones such as ,”Bananas,” to his last film ,“Midnight in Paris”.
Although his stories and style have changed over the years, personally, I think that his views on art and his mastery of filmmaking leaves him as one of the best directors of our time.
Therefore, If you like Woody Allen’s film and the Russian Existentialism of the 19th century, I strongly recommend you to discover a new “Dostov-Allen”, enjoying and seeing this self-destructive and darkness film.