Ambivalent? It isn’t really sure… This film has a kind of identity crisis: the directors claim to love stone cold nihilistic 70s classics like Five Easy Pieces, but the story and acting at times resemble a modern ‘bromance’ type of film. This uneasy mixture of grit and lightness obscures the point of the story (if there is one), but the photography is superb, as is the soundtrack of old blues and soul. I never quite believe in Ryan Reynolds’ character with his too obvious good looks, chatty flashiness and eternally upturned…
Well made but somewhat lacking in reality film Mississippi Grind is a film about gambling â or more rightly gambling addiction. It stars Ben Mendelsohn (âSlow Westâ) as Gerry a divorced father who is in real estate. He has sunk pretty low and owes everyone money â he has âthe next one will be a winnerâ type attitude. Then he meets Curtis â played by the always good value Ryan Reynolds. They meet at a card game and sort of hit it off and lo and behold seem to be good for each other and their gambling.What follows is a road trip…
a journey of discovery. curtis is a switched on character who is wise to peoples ways and a great poker player meanwhile gerry has to listen to self help discs to get him throughthe day. they team up and set off on a road trip stopping at memphis and new orleans . I liked it because of the contrasts in personalities of the two friends and also how gambling can totally dominate some peoples lives.bonus great soundtrack.
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