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Author Topic: Closer.....Still feeling the pain from this crapfest.  (Read 1702 times)
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Tim Maynard
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« on: December 08, 2004, 06:08:24 PM »

So I went to see the movie Closer last night with some friends. I was the only male in the group and I ended up being the only one who hated it(actually one other girl said she hated it but then when she heard that the rest of the group liked it she changed her mind)  so I might not be the target audience but...[begin rant] MY GOD CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ACTING LESSONS TO NATALIE PORTMAN!!!! PORTMAN HAS THE RANGE OF A DAISY AIR RIFLE!!!! I'VE NEVER BEEN SO TURNED OFF BY A STRIP CLUB SCENE AS I WAS BY THE ONE DONE BY PORTMAN IN THIS FILM!!!! I'M NOT A JULIA ROBERTS FAN EITHER BUT I WAS BEGGING TO SEE MORE OF HER ON THE SCREEN LAST NIGHT JUST SO I WOULDN"T HAVE TO SEE PORTMAN. JUDE LAW WAS OK BUT HE NOW HAS BEEN IN TWO OF THE THREE WORST FILMS THAT I'VE SEEN THIS YEAR....SKY CAPTAIN AND THE CRAPFEST OF TOMORROW BEING THE OTHER.[/end rant]

I'm sorry...this movie just caused me such great pain that I had to release it in order to move on with my life.
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2004, 06:34:48 PM »

You really disliked the movie?  I went to see it last weekend and was captivated by the performances.  Especially Clive Owen, who you totally ignored in your rant. smile  Eh...to each his own.

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2004, 06:35:10 PM »

I thought this thread was going to be about an eating contest gone wrong frown

  Natalie Portman is cute.  Julia Flip-top-head is not.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2004, 09:05:13 PM »

Charles Laughton wasn't cute either, but he could act.

/just making a point on principle, haven't seen the movie nor JR's nor NP's performances...
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2004, 09:18:41 PM »

I remember seeing someone upset that they went to see Portman naked and then found the infamous scene had been cut and felt cheated out of their money.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2004, 11:35:09 PM »

I went in without knowing anything about the movie. My group of friends were going to see it and I had nothing better to do so I tagged along. When we got there I saw Portman on the poster and I groaned...then I saw Jude Law and Julia Roberts and I knew I was in for a rough night. Roberts is very talented and I really enjoyed her scenes. Law was also good but I still haven't forgiven him for Sky Captain. Didn't know the other main character but he was ok. The writing...the flow of the movie...and the very predictable ending really brought the film down. I had a chance to leave early but I decided to see it thru to the end. The scene in the strip club is as bad as the whole Showgirls movie. Actually I think Elizabeth Berkeley is a better actor than Portman. If you look at Portman in the Professional and then look at her in her current roles and you will see that she has grown up but her acting ability is pretty much the same. She is very hot but I couldn't bear to watch her on screen even when she was wearing a thong.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2004, 03:18:23 AM »

hah.  I like the rant Maynard.

I liked the movie.  I thought it was about two conversations too long and could have used a car chase scene or something  :lol:   But seriously, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen were awesome.  I never got tired of their scenes.  Natalie Portman has some weird attractive force around her.  Bizarre but captivating.  Her performance was hot and cold, specifically her "breaking up crying" scene was pathetic.  Her strip-tease was interesting and probably a B+ performance.

Overall, I thought the movie was good.  It was brutally honest about how screwed up a lot of people take relationships.  And I like that brutal honesty.  But on the otherhand, it was freakin depressing and messed up for presenting such a dreary story of pure lust.  I would give it an A-.
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2004, 07:32:56 PM »

I pretty much echo ElijahPrice's thoughts (maybe I would give Closer a B+ but I'm fussy).  I, too, liked the brutal honesty.  I'm not a big fan of Portman's acting, but I thought her performance fit her character well here.  Roberts was also pretty good, and Clive Owen was superb.  In a weird twist, I liked the performances because you could really feel the lack of real chemistry between the characters.   In a more "standard" relationship film, that lack of chemistry is often a flaw, but here it works as a strength.

If you prefer your movies to contain some likeable characters and a bit more plot, you probably won't like this movie very much.  And there's nothing wrong with that.

FYI, I think the story was adapted from a play.
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2004, 09:34:46 PM »

Blatantly copying what I posted to Home Theater Forum last weekend (very minor spoiler):

I was mixed on the movie. Individual scenes were fantastic and Clive Owen was great throughout. But everybody was so loathesome I never could figure out why anyone was attracted to each other. And the movie seemingly couldn't either- characters would go from just meeting to a flashforward where they've been together for several months to a year.

This was especially apparent in the relationship between Owen and Roberts- he initially thinks he's meeting her to pick her up after a cybersex meeting. Once the truth of that encounter was laid out I couldn't believe she would still go out with him.

Jude Law's character was also far too inconsistent. He goes from emotionally detached to an emotional wreck with nothing in between.
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2004, 04:37:44 AM »

The flash forwards were a bit shady but I took them for what they were worth just because it had to happen.  Even sketchy Portman to Jude Law, which was one of the dumbest attractions ever.  Personally, the first scene with the car intersection was completely ridiculous and stupid.  Then the whole "I am a obituary writer" explanation was dumb.  No attraction at all, then flash-forward, Jude law is a ladies man.  Ridiculous.

Roberts and Owen was bizarre.  Owen was one sketchy character when first confronting Roberts.  I dunno, I guess I never really thought about that part very much but what I do now realize is the more you analyze this movie the more holes are going to show up.

So Grey -- I see you have seen this movie, played some PoP, and are in love with MGS3.  Wow, thats a lot of time invested right there...
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2004, 06:23:42 AM »

Quote from: "ElijahPrice"


So Grey -- I see you have seen this movie, played some PoP, and are in love with MGS3.  Wow, thats a lot of time invested right there...


And played approx halfway through Jak 3, logged about 10 hours in KOTOR 2, and a few hours into Growlanser.  And spend some time with my wife too .  I often tell my wife that my schedule is just so jammed full of great games to play I just don't know how to fit it all in.  Getting less than five hours of sleep a night certainly helps though :wink:

Oh yeah- on Closer:  it seems like the writer came up with some outstanding and highly charged conversation setpieces but didn't want to bother crafting a plot and characters that really connected them.  I think if the same approach is taken with action movies (just a series of almost unrelated action scenes) the film would be highly criticized (and hell aren't many action films already like this?).  Hell when I put it that way its not much different than porn.  But Closer seems to be getting a pass in that area.  

The only character who I thought I understand throughout was Clive Owen and I don't think its coincidental that I thought he gave the best performance by far.
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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2004, 07:05:09 AM »

Natalie has a STRIP scene?  Holy carbunkles, Batman.

Nah, I'll just wait for DVD.  Maybe the cut scene will be on the DVD?
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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2004, 04:23:34 PM »

I thought Portman was really good in Garden State.  But then the character she was playing was exactly like a friend of mine and I like my friend.  biggrin
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2004, 09:30:11 AM »

Haven't seen Closer yet, but I did see Garden State two days ago, and during that movie, I couldn't stop thinking that Nat Portman is one of the best young actresses around. Seeing what happened in Star Wars, maybe it's just that she really needs a good director and/or dialogue to work with or something?

She's impressed the hell out of me at least in Garden State (and also in Beautiful Girls, although she's much younger there.)
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