The Grifters Reviews
The movie started off with a really nice opening scene that set the tone well. Grifting is like a chess game. It really delves into the idea of playing angles and setting up for a bigger play. This is one of the most cleverly written and intelligently structured scripts I've seen in ages. Every line and part of the plot is potentate and thought out real nice
In terms of acting the three leads did an amazing job. This is the sexiest role I've seen from Annette Benning. Her character here is really crafty and smart. Angelica Huston also looked reeeeally sexy here in this film, I swear it was something about that wig man. She was such an imposing figure here and she had reeeeeal prescence in this role. She has her shining moment near the end with Roy its like a unique mother son heart to heart. john cusuack as the male lead is really good here. His character was real smooth but he is also very conflicted.
The music was very strange and didn't seem to fit the film at all. Overall Terrible soundtrack. On the other hand such fantastic directing from one Stephen Frears. The costume design was really impressive it shows the final remnant's of the 80's dress style going into the new decade its pretty dope.
In conclusion the movie is such an original flick and really enjoyable to watch as well. Go see it!
Grifters are conmen that find unique ways to fix gambling events and make money. A mother and son are in the profession, and the son eventually takes a beating. He plans to get out of the game and begins seeing this new girl that is quirky. He quickly discovers she is also a grifter and may drag him into his profession he wishes to escape from.
"You're plenty old enough to be Ray's mother."
"Aren't we all?"
Stephen Frears, director of High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons, Lay the Favorite, Cheri, Dirty Pretty Things, and The Van, delivers The Grifters. The storyline for this picture is interesting and fun to watch unfold. It isn't perfect or as fluid as other films in this genre. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, and Henry Jones.
"It's a big world out there."
I came across this on Netflix and had to add it to the queue. This was very fun and entertaining. It isn't an all time classic Cusack film, but he was perfect for this role. I recommend this picture to Ocean's 11 or Cusack fans.
"I need money."