785. Gambit

Title: Gambit
Director: Michael Hoffman
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 29m

“Harry Deane (Colin Firth) is a man with a plan. Art curator for media tycoon Lord Lionel Shahbandar (Alan Rickman), Harry devises an elaborate plot to con Shahbandar into purchasing a fake Monet painting. With the help of beautiful rodeo queen PJ Puznowski (Cameron Diaz), the pair hatch a scheme to fool Shahbandar into believing that Harry’s expert forgery is the real deal and pocketing a hefty sum in the process. But with the con proving harder to pull off than he had first intended, Harry and PJ find themselves in increasingly hilarious situations in order to see the job through to the end.”

Live blog

1:39 – Animated opening credits are always so interesting. Give real insight.
3:50 – “…an absolute brute of a person.”
5:57 – Cowboy monkies are weird!
10:19 – Crazy character for Alan Rickman, love it.
12:14 – So scary how the smallest movements can mean millions at an auction!
19:03 – Ooh, I love the massive clock on the wall.
22:16 – “He’s seen the painting and he’s considering being intrigued.”
31:10 – Her orange top is amazing.
36;46 – Loving that his autobiography is just called ‘Me’.
43:56 – “Ve haf to fight ze heftiness!”
52:54 – Pretty sure you shouldn’t climb the ledge of a building after drinking.
58:25 – Julian R-T is so good at the “everyone else is crazy” role.
1:06:58 – Imagine being so rich you have gondolas on the lake in your back garden.
1:18:22 – “Bid you a semi-fond farewell.”

Conclusions

Surprised to find this film, hadn’t heard of it despite a relatively good cast, and it popped up at exactly the right time to be the perfect film for our viewing needs. It was your usual heist-doesn’t-go-quite-right-or-does-it film, not particularly ground-breaking in its plot and plot twists, but it was a lot of fun.

Colin Firth is great, I wasn’t sure that Cameron’s character really made sense and her motivations didn’t always seem to stack up, but it didn’t matter. Alan Rickman’s grumpy boss was brilliant.

Rating: 4/5.

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