CLOSER  movie review
June 15, 2013 · Print This Article
Somehow I feel like I have previously seen CLOSER  as certain scenes did seem to be very faintly familiar, or maybe that is just how the movie plays out and affects the viewer. Natalie Portman long has been a favorite so just her presence alone could make the movie seem familiar. Either way, I knew I was taking a risk by watching this movie, that it could be nothing but malice and a downer. It would have been, if not for Portman’s character staying likable throughout.
The actor list in the credits is one of the shortest I have ever seen for a movie that actually takes place in many different locations, both indoors and out. Still, other than the four principles, I think there were only like two other credited extremely minor speaking roles.
The opening to CLOSER is rather surreal, with long shots showing only a walking Jude Law and Portman in focus among the crowd. They are walking toward each other and make and maintain eye contact, so much so Portman gets hit by a car as she walks right into the street, though she is American and newly in London and cars driving on the other side of the road, as I know from personal experience, does take time to get used to.
The movie jumps in time very quickly with hard edits, so much so the first time it happened I had to remind to make sure I did not miss any “1 year later” title or something. This is when we meet the next two main characters played by Julia Roberts (why I have no idea) and Clive Owen. Roberts is a photographer, and either she has real skills or someone at least taught her how to hold a camera for the part. Law goes to get his headshot made for a book he wrote based on Portman’s life! He tries to kiss Roberts, which seems crazy.
Even crazier, Law chats online impersonating a woman setting up Owens to meet him in an aquarium, where he actually meets Roberts.
The rest of the movie is a rather perverse stream of affairs between these two couples not ending up anywhere I thought it would. There are even a few surprise twists to add a bit to the ending to keep it from being too much of a downer.