Closer (2004) Review

If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.

Two couples become intertwined as they cannot resist the urges of lust and confusion with what love actually is.


Patrick Marber originally wrote the play “Closer” and the screenplay for the film is practically the same word for word. I think there is one or two scenes from the play which has been taken out of the film. But I can imagine the Internet chat room scene was much easier to complete for the film. I cannot imagine how that is done on the stage, and would love to see it one day.

I actually saw this film in the cinema when it was first released. I am a big Julia Roberts fan and had read a little about how it would “change your opinion of Julia”. I suppose it did but not in the way the reviews implied. I respected her so much more for showing this different side of her acting ability. A nice change from the romantic comedy genre she had so wonderfully done. Some people I knew would not go to see “Closer” in case it changed their mind on Julia, I thought that was pretty dumb as it just shows how much of a fantastic actress she really is.

The film focuses on four people. Anna (Julia Roberts) an artist. Larry (Clive Owen) a doctor. Dan (Jude Law) an author. Alice (Natalie Portman) a stripper. It shows how intertwined people can be. With relationships former and cheating between the couple. Anna and Larry end up married, Anna has an affair with Dan. Alice ends up leaving Dan and going back to America. Anna and Larry stay together.

The four lead actors are the only people who have lines in the film, which is a fantastic achievement for a film to be able to only have four characters and hardly any background music. The song “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice is played during the film and fits in so well with the story.

I really was totally blow away by the whole film, it was just like nothing else I had seen before (and still haven’t seen anything like it). I loved the complexity and overlapping of the four people and how intertwined life can become when you try to get back at someone or get even with them, or if you are just bored in your life. I think this film, is very close to how some people’s lifes can be and strange it may seem I can kind of relate to some of it. (yes that probably is very messed up, but life isn’t all fairy tales and pretty stories). I think that’s another aspect which the film shows really well, that it is not always a fairytale story. Another reason I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it.

Larry: “I know who you are. I love you. I love everything about you that hurts.”

That quote from Larry is after he finds out about Anna’s affair with Dan and when she is about to leave him. But she ends up not leaving him in the end. Its all a very complex scene with some very good dialogue between Larry and Anna. Clive Owen and Julia Roberts have really good chemistry with each other.

So overall, I think this is a great piece of film making and at times it is difficult to watch, just because it feels so real.

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