There are some actors that you can expect the best from, and those you can expect the worst from. One actor that has proved his abilities throughout the years through diversity is Gary Oldman. Oldman has played so many different characters incredibly well, but what happens when we throw an Elvis impersonator into the mix? We answer that question now with “Guns, Girls, and Gambling“.
Somewhere off in the middle of the vast desert lays an Indian casino where a talent competition calls for Elvis impersonators in a strange competition of talent. Christian Slater plays John Smith, a name probably given to him to match his character of normalcy and lack of uniqueness. When Smith and all of the rest of the impersonators are accused of stealing a very valuable Indian artifact, Smith and his not-so-next-door neighbor (Megan Park) must find who did, and quick, as there is “The Cowboy”, “The Indian”, and “The Blonde” out for their blood.
First of all, lets state the positives before diving right into the negatives. The plot in this film is very easy to understand, it has a beginning, middle and end, and the goal is clear. Never once did it try to be overly complicated, instead it attempted to be goofy, or stupid funny. The beginning facilitated as much, but then you realize something louder than life, the comedy in this film, as well as story, attempts to be “The Hangover”. Think about it, it is at a casino, and there is a point in the beginning of the film where the main character wakes up seemingly without all of his memories, and he has to go through a journey to find out the answers. The thing is, “The Hangover” had a group of guys that interacted with each other, not having a single character that is more of a lead than the other.
This movie does really try to be fun when its not trying to be hilarious, but it fails at both. The humor in the film has a lot of ironic humor with plenty of puns and repetition. That alone is fine, but it really needs to be done right in order to produce a good laugh. Because it doesn’t follow through with the humor most of the time, the regular ninety minute film feels like it drags on and on.
The acting is quite a bit shocking how terrible it is. It has great names in it like Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and Sam Trammell from “True Blood” as well as names in comedy like Dane Cook and Chris Kattan and so many more. You would expect the film at least have some decent believable comedy, but it really doesn’t. Gary Oldman played his character okay, but who cares when his character didn’t seem to have much purpose. The viewer may begin to feel as though Oldman only picked the character because it is something he has never done before, and not because it was a good character.
When it comes to the acting, story, and comedy, the film had at least some level of potential, but each segment was done improperly. It comes to a disappointment, as this comedy really isn’t that hard to do. As the film feels, the comedy is simple, so it’s shocking how they could get almost everything wrong. The writing is lazy, the comedy is not only lazy, but nonexistent. It’s just not that great of a film, and it can be missed, but in case it sounds like a film for you, you can check out “Guns, Girls, and Gambling” on Jan. 8, when it comes to Blu-Ray and DVD!