Real Life on the Big Screen
- Closer review by CP Customer
Dan (Jude Law) a lazily dressed failed novelist who can’t find his “voice” writes the obituary column of a London newspaper. He meets young and sexy, exotic dancer Alice (Natalie Portman) after she’s knocked down by a car. There’s an instant attraction and a relationship begins. Still it’s not long before Dan becomes interested in another pretty woman.
Law following up his fine turn in Alfie produces an excellent performance as a man with a mixed character who’s addicted to the truth yet takes delight in deception. Natalie Portman, such a natural performer also impresses, seducing the viewer as the impulsive and voracious Alice.
Clive Owen plays Larry a dermatologist. Working class lad made, good he’s nouveau upper-middle class with some dangerously rough edges. His character arc is broad but there’s nothing that Owen can’t pull off in this role. From pathetic and obsessive to petulant and sexually aggressive, his performance is near perfect as he hits a career high.
Julia Roberts rounds out the quartet of lead stars and shows us a few new tricks.
Brutal at times, it’s also tender and touching, Closer is a wonderful effort from director Mike Nichols. Totally uncompromising in its delivery, script and portrayal of couples in love, and hate, it won’t be to everyone’s taste. Yet it’s distinctive, compelling, the characters are believable and there’s not a join-the-dots romance in sight. I personally thought it was brilliant.
Closer is the closest I’ve seen to real life at the cinema for a long time.
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