Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Closer

Closer is a movie that defies easy summary, which is why I love it. It should also be watched by anyone who ever tells you: let’s be completely honest with one another. Ah, yes. Honesty is the best policy, but some things are better left unsaid. I’m reminded of a particular scene in the movie A Few Good Men. In a blistering cross-examination, Tom Cruise’s attorney screams at Jack Nicholson’s general: “I want the truth!” Nicholson spits back at him: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Two men, two women, and the truth and lies they wield against each other, all in the name of love. But what kind of love? The love that’s most sincere, innocent and idealistic is also the one founded on a lie. The most stable and unwavering is also mean and selfish. The movie’s blurb in its trailer and posters is very apt: “If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.”

The closer one gets to the truth, the closer two people are in love: sometimes honesty and love can be too close for comfort.

See Closer before it closes.

3 Comments:

Blogger the typesetter said...

Oh yes, I liked Closer too!

I've watched it 3 times now, and not just because of Jude Law hahah. Weren't you just stunned by Natalie Portman?

Also, the Damien Rice song is on a loop on my player.

7:54 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Actually! Natalie and Clive (wow, first-name basis na kami! Feeling close-r ako) deserved their nominations. Jude Law also did a good job, but I guess after appearing in a gazillion movies in one year alone, his performance here wasn't exceptional.

Julia Roberts... a tricky performance to review. On the one hand, she pulls of several scenes brilliantly without the help of her mega-watt smile (which would not have belonged in this movie). On the other hand, there was nothing in her performance which made me believe her character would go back to Clive after a "guilty fuck".

8:13 PM  
Blogger the typesetter said...

I agree about Julia R., Natalie whupped her ass hehehe. But she did hold her own in the confrontation scene with Clive Owen was great--from silly horny doc to smug power tripper.

10:51 AM  

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