Gambit (2012)

Gambit (2012)

(2012)

The con is on.

Colin Firth is an art curator and Cameron Diaz as a Texas rodeo queen, teaming up to con his abusive boss (Alan Rickman) into buying a fake Monet painting. Written by the Coen brothers, adapting Michael Caine’s 1966 comedy crime caper.

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With its eccentric names (Shahbandar), double entendres and slap(stick) and tickle, it’s easy to see what drew the Coen boys to remaking Ronald Neame’s The Pink Panther-meets-The Thomas Crown Affair tale. But while the opening Fritz Freleng-inspired animated credits scream 1960s, this Trans-Atlantic update’s sensibilities are far more in line with the noughties' Duplicity or The Matador.  ... More

Although Rickman deliciously hams it up as Gambit's repulsive billionaire, Firth is hardly stretched in the hapless Englishman role and Diaz is all Daisy Dukes and drawl. Tom Courtenay’s voiceover is also something of a distraction, an extra level of abstraction the film could have done without.

Director Hoffman keeps the action zipping along, while also throwing in some nice match shots and choreographed set pieces (one sequence involving multiple rooms at the Savoy Hotel is a true highlight).

Slighter and fluffier than the original, this Gambit does allow the Coens to showcase their ability to find just the right level of farce, tasteful nudity and general shenanigans for the film to not outstay its welcome, while admittedly not lingering long in the memory.Hide


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BY jaynine superstar

With such a star-studded cast you expect the best but when it comes to this film its short of being the best it could have been. Admittedly there were scenes which were hilarious but overall the plot could have been developed and likewise with the acting.


BY delarge101 superstar

The Coen brothers' script is a major let-down, and the director seems to be on auto-pilot. There are a few laughs to be had, but Colin Firth and Alan Rickman seem bored, and Cameron Diaz's cringe-worthy attempt at a southern accent makes this a very forgettable film.


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19% of critics recommend.
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  • [A] leaden, lethargic affair, based on a 10-year-old script by the Coen brothers that feels like a first draft at best. Full Review

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