Sunday, 15 June 2008

J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster

English Title: I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster
Director: Samuel Benchetrit
Country: France

This movie is a collection of four loosely related stories about would-be criminals as they bungle crimes and engage in amusing conversations. There is the robber without a weapon, the part-time kidnappers, the musicians who accuse each other of plagiarism, and the ex-criminals who are a bit too old.

I had a lot of fun watching this movie. It was nice to see a movie that paid homage to the old slapstick comedies (it was shot in black and white and employed a few old school styles) while at the same time being its own film. It made the audience laugh over and over again with its clever script and timing, and never took itself too seriously.

I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster is a great movie, and I would recommend it to anybody. It's laugh-out-loud funny and never degenerates to cheap humour. Great stuff.

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