Saturday, April 28, 2012
All In (2012) Tribeca 2012
A clear case that you should often take what is written in the promo material about a film with a grain of salt. This is not a film about a professional poker player who is a hit with the ladies until he meets an old flame again. The film is actually about a financial guy who likes to play poker, who is trying to split time with his kids with his ex. While at a poker tournament he reconnects with his old flame and tells her that he is really a music promoter trying to get an old favorite band back together.
Well that is what the film is about over all...if you take all of the bits and pieces and put them together. The problem is that you have to take all of these bits and pieces and put them together because the film kind of lurches from piece to piece. Things don't full hang together and there is a sense that there are whole scenes on the cutting room floor. The bits here are really good, the rock band the Rabbi-ing Stones is clever, but things don't hang together, like why does our hero continue to lie about his job? Worse everything is so nice and wonderful there is no tension, things are going to be okay, despite it all.
I'm not a fan of the film. yes I laughed, but in all honesty had I not wanted to walk out past the PR ladies in the hallway I would have walked out 20 minutes in. Its not that its bad- it's not- the pieces are good, rather it's simply that the film is never compelling.
Wait for netflix.