Time Out says
Ah, but we haven’t even gotten to the smug Brett Ratner cameo. Or the way The Grand apes that talk-to-the-camera mockumentary format that was already getting tired for Christopher Guest five years ago. According to press notes, the film was largely improvised, with the outcomes of several hands affecting the plot. Naturally, this tactic doesn’t bode well for a smartly constructed narrative (a short comedic skit, maybe). Only the tart presence of Teutonic terror Werner Herzog, playing a mysterious gambler called “the German,” earns this movie a modicum of interest; the way he randomly calls coffee “a beverage of cowards” raises the stakes momentarily.
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