The Card Counter

The Card Counter ★★★½

I watched the trailer again after watching the movie, and I suppose there are enough clues in there to give you an idea of what the movie is, but I wasn’t prepared for prison torture, so if that’s considered a spoiler, I apologize, but I’ve heard it can be... trying to find a different word than “triggering” and not succeeding... and if that kind of stuff makes you not want to watch certain movies, I think it’s a good idea to know about it before you go to see it.

If you were hoping for more poker and black jack strategies, this is not that movie, that’s just a small part of what it’s about. And if you’re not in the head space to deal with something heavier and borderline depressing, maybe you should wait and watch this sometime when you’re feeling up for it. I still think it’s definitely worth a watch, the four biggest names in this are outstanding and it was nice to see Haddish in something that’s not a comedy.

I was surprised to find out that this is the first of Schrader’s movies I’ve seen and if it wasn’t for the fact that none of those movies have really tempted me to give them a shot, I’m sure I’d feel ashamed of that fact. Exploring the tortured minds of lonely men has never really appealed to me, but I might give a couple of his other movies a shot. I might even take a deeper dive into Scorsese territory sometime soon, but I doubt I’ll suddenly start loving mob movies.

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