Movie Critics: Lust, Crime and Shame in Film “Match Point”
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￭ lost soul, sin, crime, punishment
The leading character Chris is a rotten character, a lost soul. What is assured, the scriptwriter attempted to unearth the darkest side of humanity and human’s struggle in face of survival and ambition. It reminds me of the seven deadly sins and the leading lady in Daniel Defoe’s Roxana out of the blue.
Seven deadly sins is known as the capital vices or cardinal sins or demon actions, which has been used in early Christian times. The core spirit of it is fallen humanity, ranged from wrath (rage) , greed, sloth(lazziness), pride, lust, envy, and gluttony (excessive eating). Chris is disorented before he commits the murder.
￭danger, self-survival, self-protection, selfishness
You can see layers of emotion and many different sides in Chris and Nola. Chloe and Tom are relatively simple that both of them are taken in good hands and incubated in a green house. You can see people’s rationality fall into pieces when they sense danger and their sense of self-protection come into being.
￭ luck and success
Everyone wants to be sucessful. The question goes to: What’s the defintion of succes? There’s no clear-cut answer. I would say everyone aims to earn respect and hope to be admired. Recognition is the key thing.
￭ money, power and sex
As someone once said, money is a powerful aphrodisiac. I would rather use another famous Chinese saying: Power is the best aphrodisiac. Indeed, money and power usually go hand in hand. Why people chase after money and power? Maybe they could never tell that they are chasing after privilge and sense of superiority.
￭ diary, truth and trick
The victim’s diary is commonly utilized as a evidence of facts or a powerful tool to detect the inner thoughts of the victim. Nevertheless, I guess the victim’s diary or notes of the Last Word could be used as a trick or possible false evidence in real life.
￭ What makes Chris a miserable character?
Chris wants everything and he can’t let go off anything. He wants success and he takes the short cut by using marraige as a transaction. He wants sex and he betrays Tom and his wife Chloe. Chris’s self-absorbed character is self-evident. He knows nothing about sacrifice or self-discipline. He is accusomted to the elite lifestyle after marriage and he gets bored. That’s a irony. I suppose there is a hole in his heart. Suddenly, I recalled the leading lady in Daniel Defoe’s Roxana. Chris’ thoughts are rife with grievance. His relationship with Chloe was but a interest alliance.
￭marriage and transaction
Some take light of true love and agree to make marriage a transaction to upgrade their social ladder. It’s not illegal but absolutely unethical.
There’s a old trick in TV drama. Here goes the hypothesis: If you are a poor men, would you marry a rich dying heiress who is dying to earn your affection?
￭love relationship, betrayal, love affair
If your lover keeps telling you that he is busy and tired, that’s a singal, a hint. Watchful! Chris is absent-minded while he’s with Chloe. He has no interest in having sex with her, let alone having a converstaion with her during the breakfast. That’s a tradegy, I mean the sort of marriage, just better than marriage with violence.
Chris is eloquent and sensitive. He used to be a man of low confidence and he viewed himself a man without enough talents and ambition to be great. If you keep an eye to the details in the movie scenes, he holds his dignity very high. For instance, he insists to pay the bills over again and again. That’s his weakness.
Chloe, she is friendly, apporachable and she has good background. But if it’s come to her personal character, it is hard to find something special in her. She’s just fine. But you know what I mean. I got it. She has no passion, except the fact that she wants babies.
Chris was desperate to find her and then he earned her affection somehow. Aferwards, she became his horrifying trobule, his burden. He can’t bear her to ruin his luxurious life. His fascination became his nightmare. How ironic? Life could be easy and smooth and he wants something else, something more. In Chris’s case, poverty is more dreadful than life without love. He is willing to sacrfice people’s life than his own interest and swollows the gulit, if he has the least consicence.