Gambit (2012)

Gambit (2012)
Running Time: 89 minutes

Photo Credit: CBS Films
Photo Credit: CBS Films

Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Cameron Diaz, Tom Cortenay

­­Gambit is a story that follows a British art curator, Harry Deane (Firth) who is out to seek revenge on his abusive boss, Lord Shabandar (Rickman). Deane’s plan involves conning Shabandar into buying a fake Monet painting, Haystacks at Dusk. This plan involves the help of an eccentric and unpredictable, Texas rodeo queen, PJ Puznowski (Diaz), and the talented war veteran, Major (Courtenay).

The film was enjoyable, with nothing in specific that stood out from it. The cast is great, and the script is written quite cleverly with somewhat intelligent humour, and music that have impeccable timing to accompany the scenes.  One of the things I liked about the film was that romance was not a main focus, and the story stayed true to the con that Harry Deane had concocted.  As for the cast, one of my favourite things is Colin Firth acting as an uncertain little man who rarely smiled throughout the film, but constantly gets stuck in awkward situations.

Overall, it is quite a traditional comedy with a decent plot filled with humour, a solid cast, and good direction.

Rating: 6 out of 10


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