Thursday, January 26, 2006

Match Point: Lucky or good, which one would you prefer to be?

Kash Kheirkhah

Lucky at the price of morality or good at the cost of losing out on life? That's the question we'll keep asking ourselves while and after watching Woody Allen's "Match Point"--his best movie in ten years--which once again illustrates Woody Allen's questioning of faith and moral principles although here, Allen's typical one-liners and quirky sense of humor have given place to character study and unexpected twists and turns of a first-class thriller.

"Match Point" poses the same questions Woody Allen once masterfully raised with his "Crimes and Misdemeanors", only this time in starker terms: In a world full of evil doers and human frailties, is there any place for morality and fidelity? Is life only a game of luck although some try hard to prove otherwise? Is this a world in which the innocent are sometimes slain to make way for grander schemes" as Chris Wilton, the main character of the movie once says?

OK. I'm trying hard not to let this post turn into a spoiler. Suffice it to say that "Match Point" is a movie which will keep tickling your mind long after you have watched it. Whether you are a fan of Woody Allen the same way I am or not, I definitely believe this is a movie worth watching, contemplating and of course debating.

As For me, "Match Point" now sits next to my other Woody Allen all-time favorites: "Annie Hall", "Manhattan", "Hanna and Her Sisters", "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Everyone Says I love You."