REVIEW: Movie – Closer

smallclosermovie.jpgIn relationships you expect that you and your partner will never be as close to anyone else in the world as you are to eachother. However there are times when this physical closeness does not necessarily confer love, intimacy or commitment. Such complicated relationship dilemmas form the major themes explored by Mike Nichols in his film, Closer.

The story follows the lives of four characters who start out as strangers – Alice (Natalie Portman), Dan (Jude Law), Anna (Julia Roberts) and Larry (Clive Owen). Over several years we watch them become so much more, falling in and out of lust and love, while their lives become inextricably connected.

Closer explores all that is good and all that is bad within human relationships. However, it is not the good which is the focus of this film, instead along with the characters we are drawn to the bad side, sinking deeper and deeper until we find ourselves exploring the murky realms of human relationships. The film examines those things that we keep secret; the reasons we lie and betray; how we manipulate; and why the truth is sometimes not enough, and yet at other times proves to be too much to bear.

The movie is beautifully shot and features a beautiful stellar cast, but it is no glossy lightweight romantic drama. Given that it examines adult human relationships, the movie is dialogue rich and while not an action film the traditional sense, it is a people-driven drama which often surprises with its candour. The writing is honest and raw, allowing the actors to deliver very real, emotionally charged performances. Accompanied by some very fitting, achingly beautiful music performed by Jem and Damien Rice, this quality package is complete.

Just like in life, Closer reminds us that while we won’t always be guaranteed a happy ending, the journey itself is rewarding and one well worth taking.


  1. Ma Titwonky

    I remember when this movie came out it received some negative attention because of the language. There were stories about people leaving the movie theater because of what they perceived to be offensive dialogue. I did not agree with that evaluation of Closer at all. I thought it was an adult film about adult subjects presented with occasional very adult language. I also thought it was very well done with outstanding performances, and I say that despite the fact that I do not like some of the actors who were in it. You’ve done a very good review of this film that accurately depicts what it was all about. 🙂

  2. El Charolastra

    loved this film
    Clive is the man.
    (blogmad hit)

  3. Tracey

    Hi Ma Titwonky – Thanks for your kind comments. I’m a big fan of this movie because it does deal with important issues in a very real way – it makes such a pleasant change. I think sometimes people want escapism rather than reality.

    Hi El Charolastra – Thanks for stopping by. I have to agree with you completely…Clive is SO the man!! I love his work.

  4. kelley

    I enjoyed yout review. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the film, but I remember walking away feeling a little disturbed, but as though it had definitely managed to strike a vein. Human nature really came to the fore in that film.

  5. Tracey

    Hi Kelley, Thanks for your comments. I’ve only recently revisited this film myself, but it always stayed with me as being very thought provoking.

  6. MC

    They showed this special on American Television where interviewer Barbara Walters was commenting on the mistakes she’s made while doing that task and they just happened to show a clip of Julia Roberts when she was 25 and she had this remarkable Natalie Portman quality that I had never seen before. It was sort of spooky.

  7. Tracey

    Hi MC – Interesting stuff. I could probably see some of that in Julia now that you mention it. They are both such uniquely and extraordinarily beautiful women! Particularly in this movie I think.

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