I have recently had the pleasure of viewing the
DVD of the film Closer, starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman,
Clive Owen, and Jude Law. The film, which has the tagline 'If you believe
in love at first sight, you never stop looking', is an interesting look
at love, sex, and adultery... in all the best, and most honest, forms.
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Closer- Movie Review
Having seen Closer, I still cannot accurately
explain the plot behind the film, as I hardly understand it. From my one-time
viewing of Closer, I can say that the film is only about four people
and two main relationships. Now, these relationships definitely cross hands
on numorous occasions in the film, but Closer makes sure to concentrate
only on the four characters.
We have Dan [Jude Law] who encounters love at first site when he spots Alice
just before she is bumped by a passing vehicle. After a quick visit to the
hospital, Dan and Alice begin to date. Starting around this scene you must
take caution of time in Closer. Time can jump forward anywhere
from a couple of months to a year without any real signal except a single
clue amidst the dialogue. So, if you are one of those people who has problems
paying attention to films, then Closer may not be for you. However,
if you enjoy films about sex and borderline perversion, then maybe you should
sit in for Closer.
Having said that, we now jump in the future with Dan and Alice dating.
However, during a routine photo shoot Dan encounters love at first site
again, but this time with his photographer Anna [Julia Roberts]. Luckily
for Dan, Anna feels the same way and they begin to have some passionate
rendezvous'. However, a bump in the road comes in the form of Larry, a doctor
who was tricked by Dan into accidentally meeting Anna at an aquarium. Once
Dan realizes that his intended joke backfired and caused Larry and Anne
to become a couple, Dan goes to work to get back in the good graces, and
arms, of Anne.
Natalie Portman is the ultimate temptress
Are you beginning to see how demented this film
is? And, if you are already confused, don't worry, you will probably leave
the ending of Closer confused as well. However, this does not mean
that Closer is a bad film. Actually, for what it is, Closer
is a great film. But don't ask my why exactly, cause I honestly don't know
Anywho, Larry and Anne are a pair and Dan and Alice are a pair [I would
have chose Alice, as Natalie Portman is smoking hot in this film]. The only
problem is that neither of these pairs are faithful and have no problem
playing 'swinger' by going and hooking up with a member [of the opposite
sex] from the other relationship.
The love square in Closer
I don't want to get too into details and ruin the film for you, but lets
just say that some pretty messed up cheating occurs that may make some viewers
giggle and some viewers uncomfortable. And, when that is not enough, Closer
offers some of the most real 'perverted' conversations that can go on between
couples. Be ready to hear Clive Owen ask Natalie Portman how her 'twat tastes'
and other such niceties. Obviously, Closer is not one of those
family films where you can have your young children present.
Final Judgment: Great acting from all the characters, an interesting
story, and some of the most real and most perverted dialogue I have ever
heard on film. In the end, Closer is one of those films you tell
your friend that he/she must see, but you don't know exactly why. There
is something so very twistedly real about Closer, that it leaves
you in awe by the end of the film. The final little twist helps too.