Watch – A winning slow-burn drama

2011-07-08 08:26

Win Win (Nu Metro) is true to its title. It’s a winner from every angle. It is director Thomas McCarthy’s third film. He previously directed the brilliant Oscar-nominated The Visitor and The Station Agent. He wrote the scripts for all three.

If that isn’t enough to entice you to see this little film in the maelstrom of blockbuster season, consider that it stars Paul Giamatti, the thinking person’s actor.

If Giamatti is in a film, you are bound to have a pleasant viewing experience.

Win Win is a slow-burn family drama about Mike Flaherty, a do-gooder lawyer who is on the brink of bankruptcy.

When a wealthy client with early onset dementia has to be put under the state’s care, Mike offers to be his guardian so that he can collect the cash that goes with the responsibility.

This lapse in judgement comes back to haunt him when the old man’s taciturn, long-lost grandson, Kyle, played by superb newcomer Alex Shaffer, turns up.

Mike, who is the part-time coach of a high school wrestling team, can’t believe his luck when Kyle turns out to be an ace wrestler.

But while things on the wrestling mat may be clear-cut, when it comes to family dynamics, it’s a minefield.

This film had me pinned within minutes and I wouldn’t be surprised to find it on award nominee lists next year.

Rating: 8/10

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