Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Casino Jack - DVD Review

ll 1/2

Starring Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, Rachelle LeFevre, Graham Greene and Maury Chaykin.
Directed by George Hickenlooper.

There's a breezy energy that the late director George Hickenlooper beings to this movie, and it almost disguises its fatal flaw: what exactly did Jack Abramoff do?

I saw the Abramoff documentary just a few months ago and I was still lost on what was going on. The movie plays it as a dark comedy, and Kevin Spacey gives a fast and loose performance as Jack, making him an appealing scoundrel. We gather that Jack likes hobnobbing with the power-brokers in Washington, and he's good at stealing from the poor and giving to the rich.

There were scenes here and there that reminded me of better movies. One scene here felt like Wall Street, one scene there felt like Goodfellas. I was entertained throughout. There's just not a cohesive enough narrative to buoy it as a truly good movie.

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