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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
After being in development hell for a number of years Gambit has finally arrived.
A remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine and written by the Coen brothers ten years ago, one has to wonder whether the script was nothing more than a first draft as Gambit is easily one of the most woeful comedies I’ve seen this year.
The film stars Colin Firth as Harry Deane, an art curator who decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet; however his plan requires the assistance of an eccentric Texas rodeo queen.
As I stated in my opening paragraph Gambit is easily one of the worst comedies, not just of the year but I’ve probably ever seen. I can honestly say I didn’t laugh once throughout the films entire duration and in fact ended up shaking my head in disgust for just how slapstick and immature this movie really is. If you’re the type of person who finds amusement in watching old women fart or seeing an established actor such as Colin Firth whine about losing his trousers then who knows you may find a lot to like here. As a fan of the Coen brothers who are arguably two of the finest directors working today it’s a real shame to see them credited for writing this trash therefore if you’re looking for the next Big Lebowski you’ll certainly be a mile off.
The only positive I could draw from my entire experience would be the acting courtesy of Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. I personally thought the two had a very strong chemistry on set and with those two involved you know they won’t let you down, however it’s just a shame about the script they had to work with as usually Colin Firth is brilliant playing these types of roles it’s just that in Gambit he isn’t utilised to his fullest potential. The director of this movie Michael Hoffman has done nothing more than turn the two into mindless idiots that only appeal to children suited to the 12A rating, honestly this is 12A comedy at its finest, there’s nothing daring or innovative about it, just another British Americanised comedy. Alan Rickman co-stars as Firth’s horrible boss and his performance in my eyes was considerably weak as it just felt like I was watching Professor Snape, thoroughly disappointing on all accounts especially from an actor of his calibre.
Despite apparently wanting to set a retro theme the movie really does feel ten years old. It isn’t suited to the present day at all. If you thought Johnny English was hilarious then I imagine you’ll be in hysterics at this, but for the rest of us seriously avoid it.
Overall Gambit suffers from being severely dated, poorly written and predictable not even the likeable duo of Firth and Diaz could save it, as they looked like they needed saving from the continuity of childish humour.