Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

Something that just astounds me about this movie is how effortlessly it manages to basically mythologize a crime thriller. In setting the entire movie during and hinging on events that have already happened in the real world with a definite outcome, it removed the free will from basically all of these characters. We the audience have lived these events, if you follow sports (which I very much don’t but know a guy) than knowing the outcome of this game literally recontextualizes every single action and thought Howard has and renders him a pawn in the metaphysical game of fate. The movie provides the optional opportunity to watch the events unfold completely omnisciently, knowing the greater implications of every move made not only regarding the stakes of Howard as a fictional character but to the world at large. Truly a modern piece of folklore.

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