Sunday, January 31, 2010

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

This is a movie that I really, really would have enjoyed when I was about 16. I wanted to like it a lot now, but I am definitely not the target audience for this sort of film, although i will say that it was entertaining. Supposedly it was based on a true story (Bringing Down the House by Ben Mizrich) of six actual MIT students who counted cards in Vegas. The story is good but the film took way too long to get where it needed to go. I've said it before and I"ll say it again: occupational insider stories need to be extremely well done when they try to branch out and have a plot outside the real meat of the story. This unfortunately was not accomplished here, all the extraneous crap just got in the way and left me feeling bored and impatient for the gambling. Maybe I'm just an impatient viewer.

This, however, is infinitely more my style. I don't know why, but this one is my favorite. Maybe it's just better without Julia Roberts skulking around, annoying me. This whole movie is just. . . clever. Having the subtitles on really helped with the gambling terms and some of their more "inside" banter. I love, love, LOVE when everyone wins at the end. Dollar amounts above their heads? YES! The little looks they give each other to set things in motion? YES! The music? YES! Just brilliant. Well done, everyone.