Posted by: tierratemplada | April 6, 2013

The Gambit (2012) – an honest review


Today I watched the Gambit starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. Despite some stinky ratings on Imdb, I found this remake of a 1966 comedy to be an amusing con flick. Certainly, it is far from revolutionary, but the humour is amusing enough, especially if you throw in a glass of wine or, preferably, vodka. In fact, there is only one gag involving flatulence – a significant improvement over Ted, a movie that redefined the term “stinking” (and, perhaps for the very same reason, scores 2 points higher on Imdb). Back on topic – judging by the reviews, I was expecting Gambit to be truly horrid. In fact, I watched this solely on the basis of the Coens brothers’ writing. And it seems so did the reviewers. Don’t make a mistake – this is no Coens movie. Doesn’t come close even to Intolerable Cruelty, which was already waaay far off the quality of Big Lebowski and Fargo. I think the Coens were simply paid for their names. Nevertheless – a decentish comedy, with almost no gas expelling! If you’re tired of black and white foreign movies whose plot is told in reverse, and just looking for a light flick and a few good laughs – you are in for a treat!


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