January 17th, 2020
Uncut Gems is a funny movie. No, not a funny movie but . . . Yes it is funny and painful, a mess, chaotic, riveting. Uncut Gems, from the Safdie Brothers, is a mess of a movie and that is why I loved it. Life, you know that thing we all share, right, it too is a mess and compilation of missteps, poor choices, head scratchers and all out idiotic moments and this movie, Adam Sandler, specifically, leads the way. There is really very few reasons to root for or care about Howard Ratner, but he is us - deeply flawed - and the moments of sheer flabbergasted moves he makes takes us in deeper and deeper, just like his descent.
It would have been great to see more of a fleshed out character in his mistress, played well by Julia Fox, or a deeper sense of the issues at home with his wife, played by a terrific Idina Menzel.
In the end, much like some of our days, we know how each misstep is going to end up. Kevin Garnett, who is great, is the constant reminder of greatness that us everyday folks want to be in the same stratosphere as. Howard, whether we want to admit it or not, is much like us and for better or worse, that pursuit is sometimes the only way we can see to win.
What's for Dinner?
- Pick whatever you'd like for a final meal
- Glass of Red Wine
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