Movie Monday: Did You See and Agree?
It’s Monday! I saw a movie! Let’s discuss.
Netflix suggested the movie Match. As soon as I saw Patrick Stewart was in it, I said YES! I love that man, since his days as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve admired a lot of his work since then, too. The fact that Match is based on a play also intrgued me — I love theater and I love drama. This movie is dramatic, and funny, and sad, and serious, and utlimately so human.
Match, which also stars Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard, tells the story of a Tobi (Stewart), a Juilliard professor who’s interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960s New York. It becomes increasingly clear, though, that there are ulterior motives to the couple’s visit.
The movie mostly takes place in Tobi’s apartment and through dialogue between the three. Some people find a movie like that boring — I am not one of those people. Some of my favorite movies are mostly dialogue — like Before Sunrise or Tape, which also was written by Stephen Belber, the writer of Match. I’m fascinated by human interaction, the need for connection, and the lengths to which we go to achieve it and also to sabotage ourselves from getting it.
Match is about: a man looking for a phantom, one he has let dictate his life and choices; a woman looking for the freedom and joy she once experienced; and an older man who cut himself off from the world and thought he was OK with it, until he discovered that he was actually missing out, a lot. It’s a lovely work, and Stewart is hilarious, real, and vulnerable.
If you have 90 minutes and want to spend them mostly in Tobi’s upper Manhattan apartment — and inside the characters’ heads and hearts — check out Match, an affirming, heartfelt, human story with lots of giggles and good performances.(3 stars out of 4).
I love my life. I regret my life. The lines eventually blur, and it’s just… my life. ~Tobi
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