The Player

The Player ★★★★

This may have been the first Robert Altman film I ever saw, way back when. Having watched a lot more of his work since, it’s easier for me to recognize the parts where he’s riffing and the parts are where the underlying script is driving the narrative. The riffing, the overlapping dialogue, the choreography of a large cast with each member on their own trajectory, is gorgeous, but there isn’t quite enough of it; I wanted more. But the overarching story is exceedingly well structured and zips along beautifully. It just doesn’t always feel Altman-esque in the truest sense.

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