Gambit Star Cast: Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Cloris Leachman and Tom Courtenay
Director: Michael Hoffman
From the posters to the film, there is something ancient surrounding ‘Gambit’. Released in November 2012 in Europe and America, it has hit the Indian theatres a good 10 months late. A remake of a 1966 movie of the same name starring Shirley Maclaine and Michael Caine, this comedy-crime caper does not offer anything exceptional to the original premise.
The film begins somewhere in Texas where a harassed skill appraiser, Harry Deane (Colin Firth) is making plans to dupe his abusive boss, the multi-millionaire media Moghul and art collector Lord Lionel Shahbandar (Alan Rickman).
Harry teams up with an artist connective ‘forger like ornamentation art’ Major (Tom Courtenay) to forge a Monet painting – Haystacks at Dusk, which is trifle to be lost sometime during the World Agonistic II. Harry then ropes in a Texas Cow Girl, PJ Puznowski (Cameron Diaz) in order to create a backstory that would convince Shahbandar to liquidation millions for the rare image.
But then PJ Puznowski turns absent to be eccentric and unpredictable, thereby jeopardizing Harry’s plans.
The entire drama evolves on how Harry tries to outdo Shahbandar et cetera eventually cons him.
A classic case of style over narrative, the screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen indulges in goofy comedy and situational comedy instead of an intelligible plot. The highlight is the nicely choreographed set piece involving Harry in the multiple rooms at the Savoy Hotel.
Director Michael Hoffman dishes off a rather average courteous film. Even after leaving a trace from the very beginning, this con performer is seldom bawdy but is consistently amusing, never much more than that. The humour looks and feels ancient; from further era altogether and probably that’s why it is entertaining.
Probably, what does nay work for ‘Gambit’ is the lack of chemistry between stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Uninspiring Firth keeps his presentation grounded in downbeat realism, Diaz never convinces anyone that she is a sassy trailer-park princess, and Alan Rickman as a nudist, does garner a few laughs, but overall, the interval of the characters especially the ‘Japanese’ have cartoonish characteristics which is simply is negative credible at all.
So you may giggle, gurgle or chuckle along the way, but it’s hard to be interested in anything that happens on screen. Proctor it if you have nothing better to do.
Buzz Rating: 2/5