Saturday, January 26, 2019

Closer (2004): Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts


     In the hands of veteran director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf...), tough story elements and character development seemed effortless. A man who had already created a number of bonafide 1960's Classics, Nichols made a daring, ambitious attempt to make a Modern Classic with Closer (2004). With each shot carefully composed, the film is a work of cinematic art.  The cast is excellent. Especially Natalie Portman, who made the brave transition away from the "downy innocent" characters she usually plays. Portman is still proving herself to be one of the best younger actresses out there today, and with Closer, it is great to see one of the turning points in her development.
     Daniel (Jude Law), a writer, meets Alice (Natalie Portman), when she is struck by a car, and they fall quickly in love...

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman and Jude Law

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman and Jude Law

     That is, until Daniel meets Anna (Julia Roberts), a photographer hired to take the head-shot for his book... 

Closer. 2004: Julia Roberts and Jude Law

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

     Anna is involved with Larry (Clive Owen). When Daniel and Anna decide to be together, Alice and Larry are left confused and distraught... 
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

     A whirlpool of deception surrounds them all...
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Julia Roberts

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Julia Roberts
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Julia Roberts
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Julia Roberts

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman
Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman

Closer. 2004: Natalie Portman