Film Review – Gambit

Director: Michael Hoffman
Screenplay: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth
Genre: Comedy
Rating: *and a half
Venue: Ster Kinekor Maerua Mall Cine 3

I have never been a fan of British humour so I took a gamble when I went to watch this film and oh boy, was I let down. I was left feeling sadder than blue after watching Gambit. The film follows Henry Deane (Colin Firth) an art curator who decides to get revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet. He enlists the help of Texas cowgirl Wilhelmina PJ Puznoskwi played by the beautiful and talented Cameron Diaz, to pull off his plan. Things do not go as planned as the rodeo girl proves to be more of a handful than helpful.
I had seen the trailer for the film a couple of times before it was premiered at the cinema and I thought it would be funny and interesting, and maybe prove me wrong about British humour.  But alas, Gambit is more painful to watch than it is funny. It is so hard to explain just how awful this movie is, it falls flat as a cold souffle. Less than comical gags, farts and annoying Japanese actors making a mockery of themselves, all make this such a drag to watch.