23 // aspiring screenwriter // cancer🦀
I can't even describe the things that this film made me think and feel. Complex space dramas are my thing, but this one hit in such a different way that anything else has done. I had the same feeling as when I saw Arrival for the first time. I'm in a frenzy, a dizzying kind of frenzy that I get when I see something I know I'm going to hail as a personal classic.
Ad Astra is a near-perfect film and one of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen.
Just like my other Von Trier experience with Dancer in the Dark , I absolutely adore the concept and the central performances, and they work together in a way that really really hits hard, particularly Dunst's depiction of depression. Just like my other Von Trier experience, I absolutely detest the handheld, documentary-style filmmaking. The meaningless zooms detract from what's happening on screen. It's definitely crafted better than DITD, but Dunst's performance and the successful capture of the themes deserved a better usage of the camera to shoot it.
Between its lacklustre, unambiguous screenplay and the spasmodic editing, the Safdie brothers have created what I feel was supposed to be a bold, bombastic look into the life of a man who cons and lies his way into getting more chances than he deserves. Instead, it plays like a frenetic assortment of meaningless cuts, overacting, quasi-improvisational dialogue, and caricatures who fail to communicate any intelligence about anything in particular. Somewhere along the way, Uncut Gems becomes an arrogant charade of itself, masquerading as an anxious time-bomb that has no real stakes.
Absolutely fucking not.
Oh what an absolute mess of a movie. I'm beyond surprised anybody involved in this let it happen let alone be released to the world.
Amy Adams is fine and occasionally good.
Glenn Close is good and occasionally pretty good.
Haley Bennett is best in show.
Script = very bad.
Score = far and away the best thing about it! Deserved a better film to be a part of.
Everything else = just awful.