'Uncut Gems' is both both awesomely gripping and terrible to watch at the same time. It's like you alwasy really want to look away, but you can't look away. It's like the opposite of most drama movies: Instead of watching the main character go through trial and come out stronger on the other side, you get to watch Adam Sandler as a gambling addict and gemstone merchant succumb to his worst instincts and (spoiler alert) ultimate be destroyed by it. The characters are riveting and can't but wish for them to become their best versions. Which they just don't. It is awful and great at the same time.
Almost all of the characters are thoroughly fleshed out and the acting is superb.
Only noteworthy critiques: The very long opening scene is unnecessarily annoying to watch, and the conclusion of the story feels a little bit too forced. Like if it's there mostly because they had to have a conclusion.
I've come out on the other side and feel like I've learned something, and I would absolutely recommend for anyone to watch it. But I am also never, ever watching it again.
Do you remember mixing colors as a kid? You took a bunch of different colors and mixed them all together. Much to your dissatisfaction, the end result didn't come out very well. In fact, the more color you mixed in, the more grey/brown and boring the end result got.
That's what 'Anna' is. It has it all: Hot love scenes, spy intrigues that are completely ridiculous, fancy action, beautiful women, and barrels of blood. Yet, all of it feels dull. 'Anna' has a thousand things going on, but unfortunately, the movie doesn't succeed in making you care about any of it. On top of that, it touches on a bunch of different very serious issues like if they are air.
Have you ever watched your only acquaintance in the world get shot right in front of you, shortly followed by absolutely no shock, and then tried to slit your own wrist? Well, Anna has. And the movie couldn't convince me, the viewer, or Anna, the character, to care at all.
A most extraordinary thriller that uses smartly uses it's monster to constantly keep you on your toes and scanning the background. Even when the picture is completely still, your paranoia slowly grows.