The Card Counter

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A dark, slow burning crime thriller featuring a deep, layered central character that was superbly developed and acted to perfection. Just about everything was well executed in this film, from the production elements to the remarkably well written narrative. There is some distressing material within the story, but other than that, it’s one of the most watchable films I’ve seen. Everything is straight forward, but the writers were still able to leave just enough under wraps to unleash a little unexpected excitement.

Oscar Isaac was the perfect actor to play the role of William Tell, and in my opinion turned in the best performance of 2021 so far. His display of (lack of )emotion combined with his rugged presence was intoxicating. Absolutely unbelievable, I’m telling you. His chemistry with Tiffany Haddish was as clear as gets. She was also very impressive in a serious role where she got to show off her alluring personality a little bit.

My one gripe would be that the sound design was off putting at times. There was a subtle breathing sound effect that was overused throughout the film, and I just wasn’t feeling it at all. But that doesn’t change the fact that this was easily one of the better films of the year so far.

Added to Top 10 Films of 2021 Running List
Added to Top 10 Acting Performances of 2021 Running List

2021 Films – Ranked

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