I had heard a lot of good things about "Win It All", and I like Jake Johnson, so I decided to watch it on a night when I had a little bit of extra time on my hands. I was expecting a somewhat quirky indie comedy, but what I got was much better: a poignant dramedy about addiction.
Despite the fact that the film clearly falls into a worn archetype, the story manages to be compelling. This is as a result of the protagonist. The character has personality flaws that everyone can relate to in some extent. The film also presents him in a way that we are genuinely rooting for him. It also helps that Jake Johnson is a good actor, making the character even more charming. There are some good laughs found throughout, some lightly emotionally affecting moments, and some suspenseful moments that all work towards building the tone of the film.
The film definitely pays homage to the genre in which it is rooted. The visual style of the film is very much like that of the gambling films of the 60's and 70's, like "The Hustler". There is a grainy texture to the film, but I think that gives it a finer quality of realism, although I can see how some people may not like this element of the cinematography. I also really liked the soundtrack choices in the film, which fit the tone nicely.
As a whole, "Win It All" is a good film. It is predictable, but it is enjoyable, and it pays homage well to a genre that has few entries in modern cinema. If you like indie dramedies, you should check it out.
Win It All
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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