The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Satu of Fairy Tale Pictures and it is Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 July 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two strangers work together to enter a high stakes poker game but end up becoming laborers for two eccentric men when they end up losing everything.
My Take on it – Years ago, a good friend of mine suggested that I read a few stories by the author Paul Auster and I was very impressed with all of them.
This film is based on one of his stories and the premise of it all is great largely due to the fact that it leaves us with so much to ponder long after the film is over.
The cast is superb and James Spader and Mandy Patinkin are both excellent here in the lead roles. Having Charles Durning, M. Emmet Walsh, Chris Penn and Joel Grey in supporting roles also doesn’t hurt at all.
The characters are developed really well because even after we think we know all we should about them, we quickly learn that not everything is always as they seem as things move along.
Auster knows how to create great dialogue and this story works so well largely due to that.
We also get Auster’s usual strange and interesting scenarios for his characters and story that keep things intriguing the whole way through.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise that leave so much to think about along the way. Spader and Patinkin are both superb here because we learn so much about them, yet begin to realize that we know very little about their character as things move along. The dialogue is great and flows really well and that largely has to do with the fact that this is based on a story by Paul Auster who really knows how to create strange and interesting scenarios for his characters and this story is no exception to that rule. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the scene where Jim Nashe is in bed after the party, he reads a book. You can see that the cover indicates the book is one by Paul Auster, who wrote the novel upon which the movie is based. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, but still isn’t perfect.
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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