Friday, February 25, 2005

Come 'closer' and you'd know..

*waves hand in a non-chalant manner*

I admit, i kinda underestimated the movie Closer. But heck, it's always better to underestimate something than get disappointed 'cos you overestimated it. For movie-wise.

Ahem, Closer boosts some big names in its production, such as Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen (who previously acted in the movie-flop, King Arthur). Easily summerized, it's about the trials and tribulations of.. what else? Love. In two sense: one, being a compromise and two, the domination of the flesh.

It starts off innocently enough, with two strangers (Dan and Alice, Jude Law and Natalie Portman) who caught each others' eyes on the street. Love at first sight, perhaps (or maybe because we're all simply attracted to people who stand out)? A chance accident brought them together. But not long after, Dan (like all sterotypical men whose raging hormones have the need to spread their seeds) finds himself falling in love with the photographer Anna (Julia Roberts), just after their first encounter. This starts off a chain reaction of rejection, instant desires, casual betrayals and ultimately, 'fourplay' with Dan, Alice, Anna and Larry all embroiled into one whole big lumpy mess called Lurve.
But then again, who would really watch such a movie for its story? The main highlight of this movie would be Natalie Portman. All grown up to embrace her sexuality. The once young child star is all set to strip (literally) away her innocence and take on adult roles.

"You don't know the first thing about love because you don't understand compromise."

A plus for this movie would be its crude humour. A chance meeting on the 'Sex Anon' chatroom brings Larry into the picture (his conversation with _____ was hilarious, but really, you'd never know). In addition, it is thought-provoking if you choose to think deeper. Heck, one thing's right, Love is all about compromise. But the whole 'sex' thang simply overshadows this theme. What can i say? It's very very subtle.

What i dislike plainly about the movie would be the transitions. The story spans 4 years and although i can only imagine the director's intention of preventing viewers from rolling their eyes after another '1 year later..', the time shifts depicting relationships to relationships are quite a turn-off.

What can i say? This show is for those who are looking for a enjoyable movie. And those who are there for Natalie Portman's butt.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars


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