"Closer" is a Smash Bang Whiz
Oh, wow. I just finished watching Mike Nichol's marvelous film, "Closer," which was just a huge joy of brilliant screenwriting, incredibly courageous acting (mostly by Clive Owen) and ... oh Mike Nichols, please let me have your babies!! WHERE are the directors who can do what Mike Nichols does?
I cannot get OVER the genius pacing of the internet sex scene! Did you see it? WHO edited that thing? Can I send them a box of chocolates, at least?
A lot of people said that Natalie Portman was totally miscast as the lost waif stripper Alice but I thought she was mostly wonderful and touching except for in the scene with Clive Owen in the club (pictured). But, I mean, I can't think of one young actress who could hold her own against Clive Owen there, because he's just scary amazing. Natalie P. had a very tough job to do and she acquitted herself admirably, and she has thoroughly redeemed herself in my eyes for the horrible wooden Amidala.
But, oh, the DIALOGUE!! You just want to memorize whole scenes like songs -- they're rhythmic and honest and raw and amazing...
It's very "Dangerous Liaisons" in a thong, which I just adore. Adore! Adore!
I have the DVD going in the background so I can hear the dialogue right now:
"Lying's the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off. But it's better if you do."
Julia Roberts and Jude Law played two of those extraordinarily beautiful people you see around occasionally and you think to yourself, "Well, s/he's just too gorgeous for her/his own good." And in this case, it turns out to be true. They have a very, very sexy first kiss that made me swoon, and then I got bored with Jude Law's obsessive narcissism although I never tired of his delicious face. It's almost unfair that someone so painfully exquisitely beautiful should also be a damned fine actor.
gush, gush, gush!!
My only complaint: the DVD doesn't have ONE BLOODY EXTRA!!! I'm tearing my hair out here!