Boy, this is not a romantic comedy but
rather a disturbing look at the damage men and women can do to
each other in the name of love.
is brave enough to take on the underside of romance, and that
makes it a brutal but bittersweet film.
Its focus on unlikable characters is less
than sugar and spice on its view of romance.
There's lots of raunchy dialogue, but it's
refreshing to see a film that isn't afraid to make people angry.
It was quite refreshing to see an adult
film, about adult relationships, but Closer makes a few
One is the cheesy dialogue, the other is
how love is used as a weapon to turn, twist, use, and abuse each
and every character.
Romance is gone, turned into a sleazy ritual
to torment all involved.
The acting is great (especially Natalie
Portman and Clive Owen), but the stilted dialogue debases the
action, turning this into nothing but a play put onto film.
is a confusing love quadrangle, with four angles and four sides.
The story relates to two couples living
in London who at first fascinate and charm each other, then annoy,
puzzle, and become cruel.
It's a real messy four-sided courtship
with not much thought to loyalty or fidelity in their affairs.
It's basically a big swapping movie.
The cast gives strong performances, but
it was too raunchy for me.