Casino – More Than Just a Movie About the Gambling World
Whether you love to gamble or just enjoy the thrill of trying your luck, casinos are a unique and fun experience. The atmosphere is usually flashy and extravagant, the music is loud and upbeat, and people mingle as they drink and talk – all while trying their luck at games of chance like blackjack, roulette or slot machines. The excitement of gambling can be addictive and can even lead to a compulsion in some people, so it is important to practice moderation when playing.
Casino is set in Sin City but it is more than just a movie about the sleazy underbelly of the gambling world. Like Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls, it is a liminal film, positioned somewhere between Victorianism and Modernism, between wise-guy street life and the bloodless blur of big corporate capitalism, antiseptically displacing not only organized crime but also labor unions and their foibles. It is also about the tensions between Ace and Nicky, a relationship which ultimately proves to be more destructive than either of them expected.
Like any significant business establishment, casinos provide jobs for the local community and can help bring down unemployment rates in their immediate neighborhoods. Often, they can even generate enough revenue to allow politicians to spend money on vital public services and infrastructure without raising taxes elsewhere. However, it is also important to remember that the positive effects of gambling on one’s well-being diminish if it becomes compulsive or excessive.