Russell Crowe Poker Face Fails to Deliver as a Poker Movie
The film follows the main character, Jake Foley (Crowe), as he invites four of his childhood friends to a luxurious retreat. where they would play a high-stakes game of NL Hold’em. However, the game lasts only for one hand. The rest of the film devolves into a convoluted and nonsensical story with no more poker material.
Specifically Criticized the screenplay
Critics have particularly criticized the screenplay, noting that the plot is disjointed, with scenes that seem to have been removed and then pieced together slowly.
For example, there is a scene in an art gallery in which a woman approaches Jake and asks them to paint her portrait. But she doesn’t appear in the film again until the last minute, and her role is never fully developed.
End quickly and anticlimactically
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The fact is, if you’re looking for a movie about poker, Poker Face will disappoint. Despite the title, there isn’t much actual poker in the movie. The one hand that is played is over quickly and anticlimactic. We also don’t get to see crazy quads vs royal flushes like in some Hollywood blockbusters.
The production quality of the film is good. But this is not enough to save the film from a bad screenplay. Poker Face is only 129 minutes long, so it’s not a complete waste of time, but it’s not a movie you’ll ever want to watch again.
Compare the Past directed by Brian Kopelman in 1998
Critics have also compared the film to the popular past poker-themed film “Rounders” directed by Brian Kopelman in 1998, which is widely considered the best poker film ever made. A tough act to follow.
A solid cast with Russell Crowe in the Film
Despite mixed reviews, the film has a solid cast with Russell Crowe giving a decent performance. However, it seems that the script fell short of the expectations of the audience and reviewers, with the poker community in particular disappointed.