Story right out of Woody Allen's sketchbook, followed by a mediocre script avoiding as much characterizations as possible to seem more in depth. As Jude Law takes a sudden and inexplicable turn from perverse manipulator to crying pansy, Portman acts as insecure as her character, and Roberts not being paid enough for more than casual one-liners, Clive Owen is the only engaging, Freudian character, to be related with.
a good-looking cast who peppers us with smart observant dialogue and thoughts. The sex chat sequence is a stand-out funny moment. I have no problem seeing Natalie Portman in underwear, but she is a little miscast as a street stripper, especially fun is the scene where she do a personal lap dance for Clive Owen without ever taking off a single shred of clothing - now that is classy but not very believable.
To this day, Closer remains one of my all time favorite films. The way it portrays love, sex, lust, betrayal, insecurity, essentially everything that makes the world go round, is wonderfully rooted in reality. Love can be simple and absolutely magical but also complex and excruciatingly painful. Masterful direction, unforgettable dialogue, great performances and a mesmerizing song by Damien Rice.
CLOSER is one of the unusual romance movie I've ever seen. I'm not sure whether it's a romance. I guess a "love story" would be proper. I think CLOSER try to explain that love's a very complicated thing and what's the definition of love itself. All four main actors/actresses did an amazing job. But Natalie Portman's character succeed to steal my attention. Her characterization is really complex. Good job Mr. Nichols!
This movie treats with people choosing to hide or tell the truth within love relationships and it also show us how this affects us as individuals. I loved their way of showing how this can eventually be a destructive factor for relationships, how the truth can change us making us doubtful. This movie entertained me as much as it bored me. It's two stars and a half for me.