Last night Angela and I rented “Closer” and got some pizza. If you haven’t seen that yet, I highly recommend it. I seem to remember a lot of brouhaha about Natalie Portman portraying a stripper in the movie, at least right around the time it was released. Two things regarding that: you never see her wearing less than a bra & panties, and for most of her screen time her character is not stripping. It just happens to be what her character does to support herself.Anyway, the film doesn’t portray a sunny outlook on relationships, but it does represent the complex situations people find themselves in, and how difficult it can be to make a good decisions about navigating relationships. The acting was good and I thought the characters were pretty well-developed, though I did have a hard time reconciling Larry’s (Clive Owen) “nice guy” and “manipulative jerk” aspects into one personality — but that adds dimension to the character.
Only one random plot point stood out as odd, and there were two instances. Anna (Julia Roberts) character makes a reference to presumably being hit or beaten by her ex-husband, but that’s all we see of that. It comes up once with no background, and just sort of fades away, which makes me wonder if some related footage was cut during editing. Later in the film, Dan (Jude Law) slaps Alice (Natalie). The situation there is different than Anna’s mention of her past history (I hesitate to say too much, I don’t want to recount the details if you haven’t seen the film yet) but it was surprising, and I’m not sure that I’m convinced that it’s believable coming from him.
So, go rent that next time you’re looking for a good, interesting movie. It’s definitely a movie that you don’t want to be distracted from, so I wouldn’t plan on multi-tasking or catching up with a friend while you watch it.