The coming together of a dashing diva, an Academy award-winning actor and a veteran filmmaker, you anticipate some kickass results but then your hopes die out as soon as you lavish in the comfort of the your Gold-Class seats. Sitting in the theater watching the pictures pass by, I felt the same. And again, the same ‘ol question, why remake an extraordinary film? This is yet another case of perfecting the perfect but falling hard on the face in an attempt to do so.
Starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman, the remake of the 1966 crime-caper of the same name, Gambit is celebrated filmmaker Michael Hoffman’s directorial venture. To begin with (*spoiler alert*), the film revolves around a heist pulled off by an employee on his grumpy employer. With the funds running low, Harry Deane (Colin Firth, an art curator by profession), decides to con his boss, Lionel Shabandar (Alan Rickman), who is an art and “animal” connoisseur and a media magnate, into buying a ‘’forged’’, precious, lost Monet. To help him with the job, Harry recruits a painting forger, Major (Tom Courtenay) and a spirited Texan rodeo star, PJ Puzowski (Cameron Diaz). But his plans seem to go astray as soon as the hoity-toity chick starts having an affair with a “zillionaire” that she is supposed to con. Her getting close to Lionel Shabandar was never a part of the plan but it reveals Lionel’s plans to fire Harry. Her concern for Harry makes her reveal this bit of information and she asks him to give up on his conning plan, but does he?
The film opens with animated credits and the background music throughout is Pink Panther-ish and some scenes too bring out that very image. The comedy mostly is brought out with wordplay, the farce and the fart. The film is not at par with even a light-weight comedy yet it has certain punches that make you laugh, perhaps only a ‘hehe’ and not a ‘hehehahahahaha’, but will still count ‘hehe’ as teenie-weenie laugh. Although, Tom Courtenay becomes more of narrator but plays his part with calm. Speaking of which, Firth’s character is also that of a calmly fumbling types who gets knocked down by passersby and who keeps procrastinating! And then there’s Miss Chiggy-Wiggy Diaz, who dazzles her way throughout the film. No wonder she reminded me of a Christmas tree! What’s convincing is Professor Snape who finds the name Harry amusing enough to follow him into a comedy film as well. Yes, Alan Rickman is convincing enough as a haughty, snooty boss with whimsical habits. Further the film magnifies London and brings out the beautiful and lustrous turf.
Even with a stellar starcast the film fails to appease you.