The Banker Review: Great star cast, yet a dull affair

The Banker Review: Great star cast, yet a dull affair

“The Banker” was supposed to come out in theatres at the end of last year, but due to certain controversies, it got delayed. 

"The Banker" which is based on true events, centres on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett's wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire - while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built. 

Directed by George Nolfi 'The Banker' is a handsome-looking if occasionally dull affair: As gratifying as it is to see Mackie given the kind of showcase he’s long deserved, even he can’t make windy explanations of cap rates, multiplicative inverses and markups exciting. On-the-nose music cues and awkwardly expository dialogue doesn’t elevate the material as much as keeping it resolutely earthbound. Still, Garrett and Morris’s true story is inarguably absorbing, and “The Banker” gives it its proper due. Although the film was mired in controversy when it was supposed to premiere last year, it turns out to be a thoroughly conventional and enlightening glimpse into a fascinating and little-known chapter of civil rights history as it played out in the business world, rather than the streets. The Banker” is the kind of mainstream, old-fashioned movie that gives middlebrow a good name: It still slightly dull given the heavyweight performers. 

Our Take
We definitely suggest you give it a shot. This is strictly a one-time watch. 


Platform : Apple TV+
Language : English
Synopsis : In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.
Cast : Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson
Directors : George Nolfi
Producer/s : Joel Viertel, Brad Feinstein, George Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, David Lewis Smith, Anthony Mackie
Cinematographer (DoP) : Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Production House : Romulus Entertainment, Iam21 Entertainment, Mad Hatter, Hyphenate Films
Music : H. Scott Salinas

Movie Duration (minutes) : 120
Digital Premiere Date : March 20, 2020

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