Directed by Josh Safdie and Bennie Safdie
Starring Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel
One of those films that by the end you don’t know what you just saw. Of course, I heard of this movie because of the news of Adam Sandler’s performance and that he did not get nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Oscar’s, I’ll get into that later. I really knew nothing about what was the film about except that it dealt with gambling.
The film is about Howard Ratner, he owns a jewelry store and is a gambling addict. He into deep in gambling debt and he just keeps getting deeper instead of paying his debts. He is married and has a mistress which adds to his troubles. He acquires a gem that he tries to sell big in order to pay his debts or keep gambling.
It is a hard film to see because this guy just keeps getting deeper and worse as person and he is the character we the audience is rooting for. I liked that the film is done at such a high pace you feel the character’s adrenaline as he knows he is being followed and as he tries to get out of trouble. The film manages to keep you guessing and tense thinking about what will happen next. The story is not new in terms of gambling films I have seen before. The film does manage to keep you interested because after the first hour invested in the film you just want to see what happens to this character.
The main attraction in the film really is Adam Sandler. I have to say I have not seen Punch Drunk Love where I have heard Sandler gave a great performance and I am not one those who hate his movies, in fact I enjoy them. But this performance really surprised me. He was really good in the film. It does not feel like seeing Adam in the movie. Having seen the film, I do believe he should have been nominated instead of Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes. Howard was a very complex character to play and Adam did nail it. Kevin Garnett was fun as himself, obsessed with the gem because it supposedly made him play better when he had it.
I would recommend the movie if you want to see a good performance. The movie is hard to see as the characters maybe except his wife and family, really show the bad aspect of humanity. The movie did keep me interested even if it was just because I needed to see what happened to this guy.