Dustin Hoffman Rides LUCK To HBO On DemandFebruary 09, 2012


Dustin Hoffman Rides LUCK To HBO On Demand

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Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: LUCK (HBO).


LUCK
Race to the Dark Side

By Jean Tait

 

2011 was a great year for equine actors. With WAR HORSE and “Luck” there are some wonderful roles if you’re a good-looking horse. HBO’s new star-studded drama, “Luck” Has gorgeous horses and a fastidiously clean racetrack and stables. I’ve rarely seen an ugly horse, and racetracks aren’t my usual hangout, but I doubt they look so well, not smelly!

 


LUCK: Dennis Farina, Dustin Hoffman. photo: Gusmano Cesaretti (HBO)

“Luck” is good for human actors as well, although they aren’t as pretty or hygienic. The men (with a couple of notable exceptions) all look as if they were rode hard and put up wet. No botox on these actors. Careworn faces and hair that needs cutting and bodies that need the gym all give a far more authentic look to “Luck” than the sets do with their store-bought vintage cool.

It’s nice to see down on their luck folks who don’t look like they just stepped off a red carpet, even though we know we’ll be seeing them there in the near future. When you see actors such as Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte (I’m not putting in awards or credits because if you don’t know who they are, you probably wouldn’t be reading this), Dennis Farina (“Law and Order”), Jason Gedrick, (“Necessary Roughness,” “Desperate Housewives”) and Kevin Dunn (“Seventh Heaven”), you know there will be no false notes.

 


LUCK: Ian Hart, Ritchie Coster, Kevin Dunn, Jason Gedrick. photo: Gusmano Cesaretti (HBO)

“Luck” is Dustin Hoffman’s first foray into television in a very long time, and it took director Michael Mann (LAST OF THE MOHICANS) and “Deadwood” creator David Milch to get him there. Miraculously, there are no quirks or tics in his portrayal of Ace Bernstein: just an ice-cold stoicism with occasional hair-trigger fiery outbursts, with just a hint of hurt as when he notices that the collars of his shirts are too big.

 


Michael Mann and Nicke Nolte (HBO)

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