There is not a lot here, but there doesnt need to be. Win It All is an undemanding viewing experience - a more conventional story by hollywood standards than most of Swanbergs other work, but still holds true in terms of look (16mm, rugged) and feel (instinctive performances and dialogue.) Joe Lo Truglio should only player the corny older brother / father figure in every movie for the rest of his life - nailed it.
Stumbled across this, a most pleasant surprise. Johnson plays beautifully the relentless, manic nature of a man careering headlong into the abyss of his addiction. Reading reviews of this film I learnt that much of the dialogue was improvised, and indeed it showed. Still, the performances were solid and the lighthearted elements were counteracted with those of unflinching despair, even if the two didn't always gel.
Să reprezentez cu cuvinte strălucirea filmului de Joe Swanberg este destul de diferit pentru că filmele lui apucă sentiment ambiguu dinafară cuvinte. "Win It All," care combinează tendenția această și "Gambler Flick" în anii '70 precum "Jucătorul," a deschis drumuri noi și atractiv pentru Swanberg. // スワンバーグの映画の素晴らしさを言葉で説明するのは難しい。何故なら彼の映画は言葉の外にある曖昧な感情を捉えるからだ。今作はそれを「熱い賭け」など70年代ギャンブル映画に融合させ、彼にとって魅力的な新境地を切り開いている。
Play like you got nothing to lose! Movies like this re frustrating to watch if done wrong. Owning Mahoney is the best film like this. Comparing this to that is unfair and while the stakes are high they never seem as high. There's never a real air of danger. Maybe that's the direction. The improv is distracting but it does lend itself to great character development. All in all its a pretty good lil film. Chips!!
Funny, thrilling, crushing, humble, but most of all, endearing. Swanberg has done the impossible and diverted from all other gambling narratives, presenting a universe where you don't just want the protagonist to win, they really should win. Swanberg wants the audience to put aside the negative connotations of the addiction and love the human being behind the gambling.
Swanberg nails the style of the gambling flick, but his aversion to scripts means this side of the story is too loose and nonsensical to pay off. The trademark banter is entertaining and the improv initially charming. Though I found myself rooting against the romance, making it hard to tell if it was a happy or horrifying ending.