MatchPoint is the new Woody Allen picture starring Scarlet Johanson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Imagine if Hannah and Her Sisters were set in London, without comedy, without Woody Allen, with formal lighting and camera movements, and a thrilling departure (for Allen) in the narrative toward the second half. In other words, imagine a whole new beginning for Allen, or a return to form. In a year full of bad-taste films and liberal envelope pushing, Woody Allen reminds us that storytelling is not about pushing the boundaries. In fact, Hollywood has it backwords, boundaries are what help foster creativity and strengthen good storytelling. His film is based on Doestievsky's Crime and Punishment. Allen's strength is how he gets his characters from point A to point B subtley and naturally. In Match Point he does this exceptionally well and pulls the audience along with the force befitting a wet noodle, never pulling too hard, but never letting up slack either. I don't want to give away too much but one of the stregths of this film is where Allen chooses to end it. Appropriately I will end my blog here as well until more of you have seen it.