Review: Win Win (2011)

I’m a big fan of Paul Giamatti, I feel he is a little underrated but he is an excellent actor. I feel you see the best of him when does these Indie films like Win Win. In this film he portrays Mike Flaherty’s disheartened character really well, and only in the way Giamatti could pull with conviction. Giamatti looks so comfortable in this character that you don’t really notice the acting and you feel like this is him. It also makes a nice change that it’s not another one of his wonderfully drunk roles that he plays like no other.

Alex Shaffer who plays Kyle Timmons is outstanding, it’s also his screen debut and its a damn fine out at that. It’s effortless and relaxed but it doesn’t subtract the performance or the film but only enhances it. It’s a perfect depiction of an angry, brooding, withdrawn yet with some heart. You believe all that this sixteen year old kid feels and goes through and it is a rewarding watch.

Overall I felt that Thomas McCarthy as directed a wonderful film which I don’t think he will better. Everything was perfect from the story to the actors and acting. Definitely one of the best films to come out in 2011 and that it could sneak into my top 10 of 2011 and the end of the year. I did feel this film had similarities to Sam Rockwell’s ‘The Winning Season’ but much more serious. I’d highly recommend this film to everyone.

One Response to “Review: Win Win (2011)”
  1. grabbagcinema says:

    One of my favorites of 2011

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