Saturday, May 23, 2009

'Closer' review

Today, TY pupils handed in their Work Portfolios, thus completing their written work for the year. Over the next week, we hope to post some of this work, especially after the TY English Evening on Tuesday next (more about this in due course).

Pupils can write a play/film review for this Portfolio, and Virginia Peck wrote a review of the 2004 film Closer, starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman and Jude Law:-

Set in modern London, this hypnotic tale is simply a killer. With Damien Rice blaring out ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ in the background and the ironic title ‘Closer’ it is certainly refreshingly different but what I like most by far is the dialogue. People this sharp, witty and clever just don’t exist. Still my fascination with the dialogue continues. The characters constantly assault each other with perfectly timed verbal abuse. It’s a stylised and idealised language that you’ll only wish you could speak. However back in reality these are the kind of retorts you think of ten minutes after losing an argument. In fact there are lots of things in that movie I wish I’d said because they are so true!

Read Virginia's full review here.

Below, Damien Rice's song, with images from the film.

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