Arbitrage (movie review)
If your fist question is “What’s Arbitrage?” then we’re on the same page as I’d never heard of this movie and never heard this word. So, before we began watching this movie, Dr. Girlfriend fist explained arbitrage to me and then we watched the flick.
Here’s what wikipedia has to say about the term arbitrage:
In economics and finance, arbitrage is the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets: striking a combination of matching deals that capitalize upon the imbalance, the profit being the difference between the market prices.
I responded, “Oo, I like this word! It’s fun to say! Arbitrage! Arbitrage! Arbitrage!” Try it in your best New York City stereotype accent – it’s delightful! (Yeah, I’m a dufus. Sorry.)
Most critics liked this movie, but as for me, I found that it was populated with characters that were boring and I didn’t like in any way – except Nate Parker as Jimmy Grant, who was wonderful and Graydon Carter‘s wonderful hair. The movie itself isn’t boring, but it’s hard to invest in Richard Gere’s fate when you don’t like him at all. Susan Sarandon is… just kinda there – she’s not bad in this, but she doesn’t have a lot to do till near the end and by then, I wasn’t exactly in love with her character, either. You’d like to root for Tim Roth (if you’re not familiar with him, he was Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction) as the NYPD detective, but his character is a big ol’ a-hole, too.
Arbitrage is engaging and worth watch, but it’s not exactly a masterpiece – and with a title like Arbitrage, I thought it was going to be a movie about the market (Wall Street, that sort of thing), but it’s a metaphor. Meh. Anyway, I’m giving Arbitrage a 7 out of 10.