Is Win It All the next great gaming movie of its time? We think so. It is a Netflix original that was released earlier this year. Though this movie didn’t make the silver screen, it is grabbing the attention of many due to its realistic look at the game of poker.
The movie stars Jake Johnson (New Girl), who plays a small-time card player named Eddie Garrett. Not realizing the trouble that will come his way, he agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is on his way to prison. Once he realizes there is a lot of cash in the bag, he ends up losing it all. Soon thereafter, he finds out his acquaintance’s prison sentence has been shortened, and he must quickly win the money back.
Win It All is a bold comedy that will keep your attention with many twists and turns.
This Netflix movie has grabbed so much attention because a movie about gaming, in particular poker, doesn’t often come across as so entertaining. Of course, the best-known movie in its genre is the poker film Rounders.
Rounders, a 1998 film, stars Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol. This movie is about a young man who is supposed to be a reformed card player and must return to the game of poker in order to help a friend pay off his loan sharks. While Win It All is a comedy, Rounders defines itself as a crime drama — much different.Rounders is now on Amazon Prime, but was originally released on the silver screen, unlike Win It All.
Although this movie won’t reach the Rounders caliber, it is a very easy movie to watch. It brings comedy and the game of poker together in an interesting way. The premise of the movie might not seem that appealing to those who think of themselves “professional poker players,” but because of the great directing by Joe Swanberg, the film provides a great portrayal of how the underground poker scene works, but doesn’t take away from the real world of gaming on the “up and up”. It is a must-see film, for sure.
It’s important to note that a great thing about streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix is that they can develop their own programming. It is available whenever viewers decide to watch it, whether in the comfort of their own homes or anywhere they can take a device (users can either download content ahead of time or stream on the go).
The popularity of this movie — for its genre, that is — raises a few noteworthy questions. Has the increase of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime affected the way movies are produces and where they are released? Are fewer movies hitting the silver screen because of it? Are actors trying out alternate gigs such as TV shows, plays, musicals, Netflix originals, etc.?
Many believe that cost and convenience alone have been driving factors in how movies are evolving. What is your preference?