JunkerSeed Posted February 6, 2005 Share Posted February 6, 2005 Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The BirdCage, Angels in America) is like 800 billion years old, and still putting out good stuff. Closer is his newest film. It's about 4 people (Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen) and their relationsships with each other. Mostly it's about the darkest shit we says and think about when we're in relationships. These aren't very likeable characters, but they're still interesting because they're so realistic it's scary. It's based on a play, so the movie really is just 4 people talking to each other and doing little else for and hour and a half, so some people might find it a bit slow. Nichols tries fiddling with fancy camerawork eveyr now and then but when he does it's usually distracting because it's unnecesarry, the material is attention-grabbing enough. The performances are some of the best of this year. Even Julia Roberts delivers. This is probably one of the two or three movies I like her in. As good as everyone is, I think Clive Owen steals the show. Probably because he was in the original play on broadway before doing the film. Only problem I really had was it is the writing was a bit too good. Real people just aren't this witty, so it felt a bit staged. But I don't think that could have been avoided, cause it's the writing that carried the movie. Very small criticism anyways. If you've ever seen "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Closer is a lot like it. The writing is similar and it's similarly presented and performed, that's probably why i like this so much. So if you like the idea of a movie about the dark side of relationships, run over to the theater as quick as you can. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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