First, if you don't know, "Gambit" is a film that stars Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Michael Caine's a thief and he and his friend see Shirley MacLaine and realize she looks like the wife of the man they want to rip off. So they bring her into the plan. It's a caper movie. Something about the film is off. But Michael and Shirley have good chemistry and they carry the film along.
I don't know why anyone would want to remake it. The only thing it has going for it is the chemistry between the leads and if you're remaking it . . . .
The reason I'm not writing off the remake is Cameron Diaz. I was all against the idea as I read the "Slash Film" report. But then I saw her name.
She's made really interesting choices and is a really strong actress. She's one of my favorites because of her choices. If she saw some possibility in it, I'll be there at the movies when it comes out.
This despite the fact that it's the Cohen brothers. I like them but they don't have a style for sexy. Maybe this will be the exception? If a caper film isn't sexy, it's not got much to offer. They wrote it, the Cohens. They are not the director. Someone named Michael Hoffman is. Okay, I've seen two of his films. "Soapdish" which was funny but should have been a lot funnier (and shouldn't lose Sally Field in the middle of the film -- more her, less Elizabeth Schue) and "One Fine Day" which was probably the last time George Clooney was convincing opposite an actress he was supposed to be in love with. (Michelle Pfeiffer makes the film.)
Before you ask, George Clooney is not in the film. I know that's a deal breaker for a lot of movie goers these days. He used to have so much promise but he's done the same one-note performance over and over since "Solaris" so I do understand how he leaves ticket buyers wary.
Colin Firth is playing the Michael Caine part.
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