Who am I?
Manfred (Clive Owen). Am I a wannabe author? Just as my loving girlfriend, Marion
(Gina McKee), surmises? Or am I a croupier at heart? Because that's what I'm
currently doing, working at a Casino in the heart of old London
Hey! Don't get me wrong. I'd love to write for a living. Honestly I would. Why else would I try to peddle my wares to my lacklustre agent? Yet, for the life of me, I'm a man of the cards too! Sliding and shuffling my way from blackjack to roulette at every chip played.
Well, I suppose if I'm going to be straight with you, folks, who I really am does change over time when I meet a number of people at my new place of work. Like Matt or Bella (Paul Reynolds and Kate Hardie) for example: who are two croupiers that show me another side of Casino life. Or then there is someone like Jani de Villiers (Alex Kingston): who's a punter that I can't help bumping into no matter where I am.
Yeah. You name it. Jani's there. At the Casino. At the shops. At a restaurant. Every time I turn around beautiful Jani is there with a smile on her face and a word in her mouth.
But then again, that's most probably explains why what next transpires all kicks off when Jani gives me an offer I can't refuse. As lovers split - a proposition turns to sh*t - a plan is all the rage - and love, life, death, and gambling all falls down to a turn of a page.
Now it's pretty safe to say that I used to be a bit of a gambler in the past. Every Tuesday and Friday I would go to my local dog track splashing the cash like a seal with a stutter. Whilst every Saturday and Monday I would visit the Casino or Bingo Hall, just to see if I my luck would ever come in.
It didn't. Not really. I wished that it did. But it didn't. And that's one of the reasons why I eventually gave this expensive activity the 'old elbow', and why I am now writing about an amazing film called 'Croupier'.
Yeah. Straight up, folk's! This is one of the best gambling movies I've ever seen. It's well acted. The story makes sense. And it has a wonderful way of 'telling it like it is' without any of that
I'm not very keen on.
Overall 'Croupier' is a very-very good film. The acting was spot on. The style was detective-like in tone. Plus the story is about a subject matter that's very engaging on a number of levels. A gambling level. A physiological level. And a literary level too.
It's a smashing film, and with that, nuff said.
THE RATING: A