I’m almost sorry that I hated this movie. Almost as much as I resisted seeing Gere in this sort of role, I detested not seeing Susan Serandon in more of the film. Her scenes, though few, were wonderful.
Surprisingly, Gere was nominated a Golden Globe and is hoping for an Oscar nomination for his role as the ruthless business magnate. I was actually more impressed with the acting of young Nate Parker, who truly did a fine job of the loyal driver that Robert Miller employs. I was reading online from some time back that the actors were to have been Drake, and Al Pacino. I am glad that did not actually happen. I think Pacino would have played it too heavy, frankly. I thought Gere did a good job being the ‘bad guy’, but there is a small- yet certain- understated humanity to the character that almost draws you in.
I am a bit old-fashioned about movies. I like my ending to be an ending. The recent trend in movies and in print seems to be the “you figure it out from here, we’re done with it”, sort of finish. On the surface, it’s gives a certain freedom, but at the same time it smacks of a bit of laziness on the part of the writers, as well. The more I think about the movie, the more I see that while it would seem that the villain is not truly brought to justice, perhaps he is.
A more intellectual and cultured critic might say that my tastes are too unrefined, as I would have preferred watching “Pitch Perfect” a second time to watching Arbitrage once. Perhaps I am so accustomed to the cheeseburgers of movies, that the complex souffle of Arbitrage was too subtle and sublime for my crude palette to appreciate. Fair enough. I like a movie that doesn’t leave me thinking, “So freakin’ what?” Yes, I yearned for more sensationalism, more surprise, and more justice. Perhaps X-Men is more my speed…
I think, for the genre, Wall Street, and its sequel, Wall Street- Money Never Sleeps were much more exciting, earthy, poignant stories and portrayals that kept me guessing, and taught me a lot about the way of Wall Street and its players. I applaud the independent movie in it’s quiet view-in to a very possible world without trying to bend our opinions, but it truly was an experience of pie without the whipped cream.