It required three viewing attempts before I was actually able to complete this pompous stew to it's unclimatic, flat finale. But before I go all negative on you, Closer has a few merits. But I am not sure they justify the rental fee. This 2004 drama, as most of you may know, stars Natalie Portman as Alice, a misplaced American living in London. You may also be aware that this film attempts to address the sexual frustrations of contemporary human relationship through character dialogue. Well, at least that's the pretense I walked away with.
We are offered four basic personalities: the stripper, the caveman, the divorcee, and the wallflower. And the crude topics of lust, deception and revenge. The two male characters, (Caveman Clive Owens and Wallflower Jude Law) spend their entire screentime engaged in aggressive potty-talk, crying, cursing, and lamenting over the two female characters, (Divorcee Julie Roberts and Stripper Natalie Portman). Outside of the opening scene, which is unlike rest of the movie in it's beauty and style, this flick is rough. Clive, considered a handsome hunk by many, is often shot in sweaty close-up. He is out-of-control, and furious, often insulting and just plain ugly. Droopy Jude Law is well, unappealing. His suits hang limp off his frame, and he often looks in need of a bath. Director Mike Nichols may have sought to create this "look" for his leading men, but really now. This is the big screen.
There may be a whole philosophy behind making a film like Closer. It represents the obsessive id, the desire to control and know all about those we love. Frankly, I've never met men so interested in knowing every damn detail about a female's sexual past. I mean seriously now. Every minute you spend fighting with Natalie Portman for details of her previous liaisons is a minute she still has her pants on. Not a likely premise in real life, I assure you.
Ultimately, the problem with Closer is it has no humor. Not even dark humor. There is no irony. No redemption. But there is confusion: What's the point and can I get a refund?