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Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz headline this remake of the 1966 crime caper directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and written by Joel and Ethan Coen. A British thief (Firth) discovers that no plan is infallible when he recruits a beautiful woman (Diaz) to help him steal a priceless statue from an impossibly wealthy widower (Alan Rickman). Despite the fact that his pretty accomplice bears an uncanny resemblance to his affluent target's late wife, things quickly spin out of control once the
Even with a script by the Coen brothers, and a classy international cast led by Colin Firth, this contemporary London caper movie falls far short of its potential even as a lightweight comic romp.
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.
It's a fair comedy that's inoffensive and evocative of a different era, filled with enough eccentricity and sharp delivery to embrace as pleasant nonsense from two screenwriters exceptionally skilled with such buffoonery.
Remade from a 1966 romp starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, this con artist action-comedy is enjoyably silly but never much more than that.
Given the quality of the film, we must assume that these Coens are no relation to the siblings who make films that rarely encourage you to poke out your eyes with rusty scissors.
In spite of its strong cast and decent premise, something feels slightly off with Gambit.
Diaz's smile lights up the screen, though her role struggles to be as much as one-dimensional.
You'll smile a few times and the cast work hard but interest and goodwill fizzles out.
Against odds the film is sometimes funny, bandying its dated tropes like a badge of pride.
Firth is nicely self-effacing and there are a few laughs to be had, but they are stunningly cheap.
It's all very dull and pedestrian, with very little tension or laughs.
Disappointing caper comedy remake that never quite sparks to life, thanks to a lacklustre script, half-hearted performances, a lack of chemistry between the two leads and precious little in the way of actual laughs.
Gambit's a mixed bowl of nuts, all told, but if there's nothing in it that raises so much as a chuckle, you may need chuckling practice.
I marveled at how old-fashioned [the humor] is, like it was dusted off from the late 1960s and rushed out for us in the hopes we wouldn't notice its mustiness...
Everything about Gambit screams unfinished. Which is a shame, because on paper it could have been the hilarious new hit comedy caper we (and the marketing team) all wish it was.
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February 2, 2011:Cameron Diaz Joins Colin Firth in Gambit
Cameron Diaz will star opposite Colin Firth in the Coen brothers' upcoming remake of the 1966 heist...
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