Sunday, May 07, 2006

Judy and I watched Match Point the other day. I liked it, but I didn't love it. One reason is that I didn't find it filled with twists as apparently some reviewers did. In fact, at about the midway point, I said to Judy, "We both know where this is going. Why don't they cut to the chase?" After all, I've seen a lot of noir films and read a lot of Gold Medal novels. I've also seen A Place in the Sun, a movie of which I was strongly reminded. I'm sure the resemblance is deliberate, and I wonder if Woody Allen made Scarlett Johansson study Shelly Winters' performance in the earlier movie. She sort of plays her role the same way Winters did. But I digress. The plot was clever and well-constructed, but it didn't surprise me.

Another thing, and this is a terrible admission for me to make, is that I don't get Scarlett Johansson. I know, I know. She's supposed to be a hottie. She's supposed to be the most beautiful woman in the world. And so on. Not to me. It couldn't be my age, could it? (Hey, you damn kids get off my lawn!) Anyway, because she leaves me cold, I didn't buy the attraction between her and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. To me, the supposedly hot scene in the rain was just silly. I'm also not impressed by Johansson's acting. She was adequate, but for me, that's about it.

I know I'm in a minority here. Can't help it. I'm glad I saw the movie, but it's not one I'll ever want to see again.

13 comments:

Joan Reeves said...

I agree about Scarlet Johansen. Much ado about nothing. Felt the same when I saw her in the much ballyhooed Bill Murray film Lost In Translation.

Patti said...

Was it me or did she read the line as if she were Woody Allen? Why do so many actors channel his line readings, which were never very good. The English actors fared better with the dialogue but she sounded wooden. Much like Mia Farrow always did.

Cap'n Bob said...

With you out of the way I guess I have a clear shot with Scarlett. And I'd take it gladly.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Sorry I have to disagree with you but even at the ripe old age of 37 I find Scarlett Johansson to be one of the sexiest actresses out there today. I haven't found her to be the greatest actress though I've enjoyed her performances, but from a purely looks standpoint I think she is stunning!

Anonymous said...

I fall into the camp that finds her pretty cute for a kid, if not quite as much as some, and she was well-employed in the film of GHOST WORLD...and probably did as much as one could with the script for LOST IN TRANSLATION (aka RICH SPOILED AMERICANS FEEL EMPTY IN JAPAN)--they, SJ and Murray, did manage to suggest that even the pain of spoiled brats of various ages isn't inherently trivial. But, boy, can Johansson give an ignorant interview. Always disadvantages to finishing adolescence in public.

Unknown said...

I can see I'm in the minority when it comes to Scarlett, at least as far as the males are concerned.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Don't worry Bill, I'm sure there are a plethora of lovely women of all ages that we would all agree on!

Carl V. Anderson said...

and is 21 still considered being a kid?

Unknown said...

When you're my age, 41 is a kid.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Ha! :)

Anonymous said...

ESQUIRE is offering a new choice of Sexiest Woman Alive whose identity they hope to tease out over six months. I suspect SJ is their choice, by the initial portrait, with wig, from the back. Angelina Jolie and SJ almost-kid compeer Jessica Biel were the somewhat more comely predecessors.

Unknown said...

What, no Rachel McAdams?

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