This is Mike Nicholís take on the highly acclaimed theatrical tour de force Closer, which is a very blunt and uncompromising reflection of modern day relationships. Great, another chick flick, Iíll put this on the ever increasing Ďcrapí DVD pile that is accumulating at a rapid rate in the corner of my living room. Or maybe not.
Whilst the opening scene had me immediately worried (boy sees girl across the street, their eyes meet, instant attraction etc.) I was quickly put into a happier place even before the scene ended as the girl gets wiped out by a taxiÖ.Unexpected and very welcome - without wanting to sound morbid, I just like the originality.
Jude Law plays the role of ĎDaní in the play and gives a strong performance; he is the most unlikeable character on screen, brushing aside the feeling of others in his relentless pursuit for lust and happiness. His performance, whilst incisive character serving work, isnít as mesmerising as Clive Owen, who throttles the role as a hard on the outside but very sensitive underneath and successful doctor. Julia Roberts gave the best performance, some say worthy of an Oscar, but letís not get carried away and Natalie Portman manages to look sexy in every scene she is in.
All joking aside, I found myself mid-film quite surprised at the storyline and really enjoying it. The hard, blunt truth shocks the audience on more than one occasion - have you ever told someone whoís completely in love with you that youíve been shagging someone else for the last year? Surely itís better to make something up, right?! This film is about principles; a lack of and a abundance of , all wrapped up in one storyline.
In retrospect I am confused by the underlying message. But, I donít care, I watch a film to enjoy it and this film fulfilled the success criteria.
I am now very intrigued and will make a point of seeing Patrick Marberís original theatrical.
Very enjoyable for me - itís certainly not everyoneís cup of tea, though.