Movie Review: Deuce of Spades (2010)

I am always looking for movies to watch that take place during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. I am a huge fan of movies like, American Graffiti, The Sandlot (first one, not the sequel. The sequel sucks), Deuces Wild, Red Dirt Rising, Teen Angel(1989), Cry Baby, and many more. Since I can remember I have been fascinated with anything and everything from those era’s. So because I can only be a part of the 1950’s scene by dressing the style, knowing the history, treating people with respect, kindness, and any other form of attitude that would be representative to how people treated each other during the atomic era (1950’s) this is why I watch movies that take place during these eras to help transport me into that time period. I recently was browsing the H.A.M.B. (Hokey Ass Message Board, just a forum for true hot rod enthusiasts.) and I clicked on a post that was published by an owner of a Drive in Movie theater that wanted “car movie” suggestions. These are some of their suggestions:

  • American Graffiti
  • Two Lane Black Top
  • Vanishing Point
  • The Car
  • Christine
  • Road to Boniville
  • California Kid
  • Return to Macon CCounty
  • Corvette Summer
  • Devil at your feet
  • Hollywood Knights
  • Deuce of Spades

I have heard of and watched most of those movies. Although the Deuce of spades I have never heard of nor seen. So I found it and popped it in the DVD player with low expectations as it seemed to be a low budget Independent film. Most independent films that I have seen didn’t impress me and so I was apprehensive about the plot, and the quality of cars and film locations. So I hit play. I was captivated the minute it started. It is an amazing movie, wonderful story, and amazing cars. Although the actors are not famous, the fresh new faces is a great way to keep the audience at full attention as if they had cast well known actors you could be distracted by remembering or thinking about what movie the main character was in. But since these characters are not in the spot light this allows you to focus on the story.

The synopsis via IMDB.com:

When a hot rod girl finds a mysterious letter dating back to the fifties hidden in her roadster, she is left with nothing but questions… She sets out to find the answers and retrace her deuce’s troubled past. Who is Johnny Callaway? But will learning the truth make a difference and can a broken man ever get a second chance at a happiness long forgotten? Fast hot rods, cool cats, gravity defying swing dancing and rockin’ retro music all serve as a colorful backdrop to this heartfelt, inspiring story. Discover an underground scene where counter culture is in, old school is cool and nostalgia forever reigns. Written by Faith Granger.

Now for the review:

Deuce of Spades is a hand crafted piece of art. This is a car movie, but it actually has character development, a plot, high craftsmanship, and a meaningful message which will extend its appeal far beyond the typical car movie crowd.

All the characters in this movie are fully three dimensional characters that evolve and change before the audience’s eyes. They do not fall into the stereotypical categories associated with many movie characters, and show true real-life emotion, strength, and weakness. The well thought out plot keeps the audience emotionally involved with all of the characters, while giving both the character and audience room to grow. All while the plot twists create a true need to understand the characters and know the truth about the Deuce.

The quality of Deuce of Spades is also fantastic. The cinematography is very nicely done; using lots of natural light that helps showcase all of the stars of this film, especially the cars. The scenery and locations are also well chosen, and add a realistic back drop for story development. All the vehicles were period correct and added realism to the story. I personally like the use of the TRI fives, 1955, 1956, 1957 Chevrolets, as a way to mark the passage of time.

This movie will naturally mean something different to each and every person who sees it, but it does get many messages across relating to the essence and feelings of love, rebellion, pride, passion, fear, and destiny. It is these messages along with the powerful emotions of the characters and decent acting that sets this film apart.

Deuce of Spades is much better than most of the movies put out by Hollywood, and stays with you long after the credits have finished. The meaningful feelings that this movie impresses upon an individual should be done by all Hollywood movies. Simply put; most other movies get their doors blown off by the Deuce of Spades.

So please if you get the chance, put this movie on your cue of films to watch. It is an overall great movie packed full of nostalgia, moral lessons, twists, and a feel good feeling at the end. You will enjoy this movie no matter if you like the 1950’s or enjoy the 1990’s. It is one of those movies that you just can’t help but get involved with the emotions of the characters. Here is a sneak peak of the movie. Both Videos are trailers from when the movie was being promoted. Enjoy:

Above: Faith, who is the director and also plays the kiwi hot rod girl

Please feel free to leave your comments about the movie as I am sure you will enjoy this great movie as much as I do.

Bonus videos (who remembers these?):

Thanks for reading,


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