Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

Watched this with my girlfriend recently. With perhaps an unhealthy amount of sadism, I watched with glee as the ending twisted her wide-eyed infatuation into a resentful scowl. She was mostly quiet for the next two hours, only cutting through the silence with occasional variations of "[insert plot point here] was stupid" critique. Three days later, she asked if her and I could watch it again. 

That viewing helped me express exactly why I love this film. Sure, it gets my blood boiling, testing the limits of my anxiety to the point of chest pains; it tests my perception of the morally-grey, forcing me to root for a down-on-his-luck womanizer who's way too horny for his own good; it tests my optimism, hoping that each time I sit down to watch it again, I hope the ending changes. But it doesn't. Each time, I'm left with a cloud of anger hanging over my head hours after the credits roll. And yet, like Howard, the subtle, unmistakable glint of uncut gems keeps bringing me back.

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