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Our Review of Arbitrage
Kristian: What’s with the shirt and tie today?
K: Well Schmoeville, I’m joined by a business man here and it fits, because we are reviewing Arbitrage. Now, a lot of you guys may not know what this is.
M: A lot of you may not even know what the word arbitrage means, myself included…but after seeing this I do know that it’s a damn good movie.
K: I’ll have to say you’re out of your mind…because this is a great movie. I really enjoyed this movie, we talked about it during our Fall Movie Preview, said that there was some Oscar buzz…
M: I’d say Oscar whispers, but we weren’t sure, maybe for the lead actor, the movie overall, no one really knows…but after seeing this, I think that Richard Gere could be headed for an Oscar nod.
K: A nomination for sure, he’s so good in this and the film grips you from the start.
M: It’s a bit of a Bernie Madoff story, this billionaire tycoon makes some shady busines deals so he’s hoping to avoid getting caught, meanwhile he makes some bad choices in his personal life that are about to catch up with him, and it’s all gonna go kaboom.
K: Susan Sarandon is his wife, his daughter works for him played by Brit Marling who’s great, she was in Another Earth and is just phenomenal…but we see Gere as this family man, he’s got it together, but there’s a lot of stuff morally that he’s dealing with.
M: Rich guy problems, and his backstory is the impetus for the events that about to spin into motion…and with a story like this, you need strong, compelling performances and wow did we get them. Rochard Gere, along with Michael Douglas, is my favorite rich guy. They’re 1 and 1A…and in this Richard Gre is so watchable.
K: I don’t know who Richard Gre is, but Gere is awesome.
M: I meant Richard Grieco. He’s always great.
K: But yes, he’s a great character to watch, it’s like if his role from Pretty Woman decided not to be won over by Julia Roberts.
M: Or it’s 30 years later and he’s just sick of her?
K: And it also made me realize that I never wanna be this rich…way too much responsibility.
M: Another guy who doesn’t want all that money is the detective in the film, played flawlessly by Tim Roth. He’s so good, as soon as he steps on screen we’re happy he’s there because he offsets the characters that we’ve been introduced to thus far. Fantastic.
K: We mentioned Gere, Susan Sarandon is great; you’ll think it’s a nothing role but then she comes out like Tyson in 1986…Brit Marling is fantastic but the performance I thought stood out the most other than Gere was that of Nate Parker.
M: Yeah, you may know him from Red Tails, one of the few guys in that movie who was able to pull off that bad Lucas dialogue…tremendous in this.
K: And I could see him getting a Best Supporting Actor nod as well.
M: Him, Gere, this whole movie could get real comfy at the Kodak Theater come February or March…whenever that stupid award show takes place.
K: Some of you may think this moves a little slow, but for me and Ellis, this thing had us from the get-go, we were engrossed in this story. Wanted to know what’s gonna happen next; surprised when the film took it’s various turns…because Richard Gere is not a villain.
M: Eh, I might call him a villain…but that’s the fun moral dilemma you have with this film, everybody has tough choices to make and we’re not sure if they’re gonna make the right ones.
M: The acting was top notch, the direction by Nicholas Jalecki was expertly done, I give this film 4.5/5 Schmoes. Way up there for me.
K: I thought his direction was fantastic as well, I loved watching this movie, it almost felt like Shame without the penis, I’m gonna push and also give this 4.5/5 Schmoes. Really enjoyed everything about it, job well done.
K: And make sure you check out our podcast, with our co-host Katee Sackoff and guests Adam Ray and John Caparulo.
M: I’m liking this suit, I may dress up for the podcast tomorrow as well.
M: So nice to see a movie that doesn’t have explosions and all that summer jazz…and to know we still liked it. It had performances, drama, other adult things, and it was awesome.
K: It’s Oscar season, get ready pal.
M: I am, look at the way I’m dressed…prepped for the awards.