‘GAMBIT’: A FUN ART HEIST MOVIE WITH COLIN FIRTH! A review of the 2012 comedy film with Firth and Cameron Diaz. Text © Rissi JC


September 10, 2014 Rissi JC 12 Comments

Zany comedy seems to be the new “it” factor that appeals to movie goers these days (that and remakes, both characteristics this title falls into). Sometimes it pays off, other times it’s a bit of a disaster.

Gambit (2012) Film Review

Harry Deane (Colin Firth) has a plan. It’s a good one too. His brilliance revolves around conning his one-of-a-kind-jerk-of-a-boss Lionel Shahbandar (Alan Rickman). Working for Lionel, he comes to realize he underappreciates Harry and still expects the impossible from him. As an art expert, Harry is responsible for authenticating all of his boss’ expensive pieces, and in order to make his plan work, Harry must bait the trap.

In order to pull off the con, he’ll need to recruit an American Texas cowgirl, PJ (Cameron Diaz), who also happens to be a descendant of the man who once owned Lionel’s Monet. As this plays in his mind, and maybe a perfect world, the plan works like clockwork, without flaws or setbacks. In reality, Harry finds this may be more than he can pull off.

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When I saw this sitting on the video store shelf (yep, this is from the olden days of movie rentals), it immediately caught my eye because of its British talent and then there was the sunny-looking Cameron Diaz on the cover. This then made me think Diaz and Firth were something of an odd pairing albeit one I needed to see. With the promise of light-hearted escapism, I went ahead and added it to my rental stack. The results are, overall, worth the fee.

‘GAMBIT’: A FUN ART HEIST MOVIE WITH COLIN FIRTH! A review of the 2012 comedy film with Firth and Cameron Diaz. Text © Rissi JC

To set the stage, this reminds me in some respects of Wild Target (with Emily Blunt and Billy Nighy). Between its wacky characters and humor, there are similarities. That said, I think overall, Gambit is really much more entertaining. Anyone who likes Colin Firth (Pride & Prejudice, The King’s Speech) will get a kick out of seeing him in so drastically a different role as well as seeing his interplay with Cameron Diaz (because… really, who would have ever put them together in a film?). He plays a proper British gentleman, who is just a little bit of a bumbling goofball albeit a very likable one… and still, despite everything there are a few surprises thrown in here and there.

The beginning is somewhat hard to get into just because they don’t film in a kind of linear way. Instead we see the stage set as Harry imagines it versus what really happens. The script also keeps Cameron Diaz silent during this sequence and a narrator sets up the stage for will come. Beyond this point, things pick up and there is plenty of wacky fun to be had; including a lion, a chair that won’t move and some fun hotel mischief. What does this all mean? Find out when you run through the strategies with Gambit.

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CONTENT: there’s two instances of male nudity, one instance is frontal and uses a statue as a “play” for laughs to cover anything inappropriate. The second scene is a full shot of backside nudity, there is some innuendo [a hotel manager assumes something that isn’t true]; and a woman brings a man up to her hotel suite [she’s seen in her underwear], then the scene cuts to the next day without telling or showing anything else. There may be a minor profanity or two. The film is PG-13.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Melissa Tagg September 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I haven't even heard of this movie! And I usually try to catch Colin Firth flicks because I often love them. This one sounds pretty fun. But then, I tend to be happy any time the words "zany comedy" are involved. :)

    • Rissi September 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Knowing your love of oldie flicks, I think you'd enjoy this one, Melissa. It's got that kind of "style" to it. If you see it, I hope it's one you like – I thought it was quite for a new movie. :)

  • Becky Ritta September 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Netflix keeps recommending this to me … maybe it's time to check it out! I'm glad you said the beginning is hard to get into but it gets better, as normally I'll give a film about 10 minutes to interest me before moving on to something else. But it sounds like I might really like this one!

    • Rissi September 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Fun! I hope you do then, Becky. It's "different" compared to most "blockbuster" comedy, however I enjoyed it for a new movie rental – plus Colin and Cameron are hilarious together. :)

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com September 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Interesting. Great share!

    • Rissi September 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Thanks, Juju. :)

  • Bekah M. September 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    I recently saw the trailer for this one and was interested mainly because of Colin Firth. ;D It was great to read your review on this one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rissi September 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      It was actually pretty cute, Bekah – in spite of the "zany" comedy. ;) If you see it, I hope you like it.

  • Katherine Reay September 13, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Colin Firth was wonderful in this. We stumbled upon it and laughed our way through the evening. Glad you enjoyed it! Just watched Nanny McPhee with the girls — He's pretty fun there too. :)

    • Rissi September 13, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      He was indeed, Katherine – I get a kick out of seeing him in a more "bumbling" role after the starch properness of Darcy. I'm glad your family enjoyed it as well; it was all laughs for us.

      Oh, my! I forgot about Nanny McPhee; that one is darling as well. :)



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