I couldn't come up with a title which I think accurately describes this film without being overly critical or too generous whilst still being accurate, so I chose Respectable, as I think it is honest without being mean.
The Big Take is a yet another one of the Tarantino-esc films that seem to be appearing in ever increasing frequency these days, and actually its a pretty good one. How the script, humour, edgy screenplay, and violence/weapons are used to denote the story does a far better job rendering the film in this style than many I have seen.
Overall its a simple story but a good one. The script is ok but I think really needs some tightening up for it to work properly and 'up' the level of interest and compulsion, as currently its a bit sluggish and laboured. I don't necessarily want to make this a total comparison with Tarantino's work but from this perspective it does make things straightforward. Unlike with his work where you tend to hang on nearly every word of dialogue between characters, I found myself losing interest in many of the exchanges that lacked the crisp emotion packed, often tense, but certainly essential verbal encounters that really brought his characters to life. Some of it is good here, but it still seems a touch too trivial in many places and this did the film a disservice.
The directing is great. It really gets the tone right and brings great work out of the cast. The cast is good and though I only recognised Robert Forster, who does an excellent job with his part, they're all pretty able. There are some great funny moments and the director and cast do fantastic work in getting this right.
I think some of the characters were misplaced and didn't fit that well with how the story knit together. It's ok to have quirky characters, but if you do, I think they need to be fleshed out sufficiently, and that wasn't really done here. We see them doing off-beat things but aren't given enough insight into who they are and what makes them tick. There is a lack of dimension to some of them and it fails to bring them to life.
There were a few other things I didn't like, and some characters who didn't fit with the story, like Edie, played by Zoe Bell. She does a good job with the role but her character doesn't fit as snugly with the screenplay as the others, and this left me slightly at odds with the film in general. The 1960's reggae soundtracks get a bit much and even as a reggae lover I actually I don't think fit that well with the screenplay. At any rate they are definitely overdone. Too lengthy, too loud for the dialogue much of the time, and too intrusive.
Ok, so I liked it in general, but it wasn't fantastic. It was one of those films that I Wanted to like much more than I actually did. I liked what was on offer and could feel the potential it had to be a great film but it still just fell short of the mark. Its still a pretty good effort and I don't know if the producers deliberately went for a Tarantino rendition, but as I said this one is definitely one of the better ones out there.
After all that, I will say, I do think whoever made this film is doing the right things and I look forward to their next piece.
Is it worth watching? Yes, I give it a 6, though it truly deserves a 6.5 but of course I can't give half points. I think you should give it a go. I don't think it will blow your mind or anything like that but I think you will enjoy it.
As always, hope this helps.