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2.0 out of 5 stars How did this win an Oscar!, 4 July 2006
This review is from: Closer [DVD] [2004] [2005] (DVD)
Closer tells the tale of Dan (Jude Law) who bumps into Alice (Natalie Portman), Dan writes obituaries & wants to be a writter, Alice is a stripper. Skip a few years with no real explanation they are now living together, Dan has written a book & goes to Anna (Julia Roberts) to have some professional photos taken. Dan & Anna have a brief moment & kiss before Alice arrives. After sending Dan away she tells Anna she knows they are up to something but lets it slide, but still insists on her photograph being taken by Anna while she is uopset.

Dan then pursues Anna but is turned down, he ends up on a website pretending to be a woman for "research" & meets Larry (Clive Owen). After a little net chat they arrange to meet at the Aquarium, one of Anna's favourate places, however, he has also introduced himself as Anna. Larry goes, meets the real Anna but they end up together!

Again, skip a few years, no explanation. Anna has an exhibition of her photographs, including the photograph of Alice. Anna & Larry are still together, Dan & Alice turn up. After more chat ups & come ons from Dan with Anna (quite creepy begging on Dan's part, I dislike Jude Law in this film), he leaves her wondering.

Now I got really confused. Anna & Larry have married. Some more time has past & Dan & Anna have been having an affair, not shown at all, no secret meetings, now phone calls nothing. Larry finds out & you have a detailed conversation about what happened. Then Dan & Alice have the same conversation! Very wordy, not easy to follow, really bored me. Larry then finds Alice at the strip club she works at & apparently sleeps with her.

Won't say what happens at the end of the film in case you still do want to see it. This was very disappointing, it had so much hype, I really wanted to see it, it was pants!

I like Julia Roberts & Natalie Portman, I liked Clive Owen in Sin City, but wasn't a fan of Jude Law though The Talented Mr Ripley role suited him. I was disappointed with all of there performances except Portman's due to looking like little girl lost most of the way through, then being shown as such a woman near to the end.

I've given this 2 stars as I think it deserved more than 1. It's cleverly done & interesting to certain people but not my thing. I feel it needed more explanation as I didn't connect with the characters much, you aren't shown who they are or why things have happened. It's like watching Big Brother for only 2 hours, being shown the heart & soul of these people when you don't really know who they are!

I don't feel this deserved any Oscars, for it moves so slowly I swear it could have gone backwards. To some it might show artistic production but I just can't see it.
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