Hustle movie review: Adam Sandler has all the right action in Netflix’s solid sports drama

Adam Sandler used to be a cautionary tale of what streaming could be.And his early output is Netflix– Marked by unwatchable disasters like “The Ridiculous 6,” “Reprise,” Sandy Wexler, etc. – rightly predicted the future of streaming, which will continue to be defined by a McDonald’s-style approach to filmmaking . But in true Sandler fashion, he also maintains (almost) the same steady stream of critically acclaimed gems. Call it his side hustle, if you will.

An early adopter of online entertainment — Sandler was one of the first major Hollywood stars to transition to streaming, he understood that his audience preferred to watch his fart joke movies at home.The actor has long been associated with low-end “comedy” This is often harder to sit down than an instructional video of the inner mechanism of a conveyor belt. The overwhelming feeling is that Sandler’s entire comedy film — all three of those decades — is an elaborate hoax designed to expose the industry’s thirst for hits, audiences’ appetite for trash, and two how easily they can be exploited.

From time to time, however, he would shock people with his dramatic scope in films such as Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and, ironically, Funny People. After “The Meyerowitz Story” and “Uncut Gems,” his latest in a new wave of serious films is a Netflix sports drama called Hustle, in which Sandler proves beyond doubt. Not only was he one of the last most talented American leading men of two decades — comedy or otherwise — but he was probably one of the most accomplished filmmakers the film industry has ever seen. All those happy Madison comedies must be a sarcastic trick, isn’t it?

In Hustle, he plays Stanley Sugerman, a legendary fictional basketball scout for the Philadelphia 76ers who spends his daughter’s last nine birthdays on the road, lives in five-star hotels, and maintains the fast food business. vitality. However, he has come to an end, and with ambitions to transition into a coaching career, he wants to quit. His new boss, played by the always reliable Ben Foster, has a particularly captivating performance, and he has other plans. He sends Stanley on a final mission to identify and recruit the game’s next big star or lose his job.

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In a way, Stanley is a lot like the great lamas who started searching across Tibet for the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. There’s definitely a spiritual side to Stanley’s single-minded focus on the cause, even if the actual process of finding the next big thing in basketball is dominated by mind-numbing drudgery. He desperately searches for Spain, where he finds a lanky street player named Bo Cruz, played by real-life NBA player Juanjo Hernangomez. Bo, who lives with his mother and young daughter, works as a construction worker by day and at night arguing with upstarts on the basketball court to make easy money. This is both a redemption story for Thin and Stanley’s heroic journey.

Hustle hits all the notes you’d expect, but with a more unconventional approach Sports Movie Stereotypes than it needs to be. Of course, there are endless training montages and intense confrontations; there’s even an Adonis Creed-like “villain” who reliably sets up human obstacles in Bo’s path like a robot. But director Jeremiah Zagar’s smooth cinematography and intense mastery of tone — which is above all a clever way to entertain — keep things moving fast, carefully scheduling conflicts when needed, and dunking with only emotional mentality Orgasm relief can bring. However, as solid as the film is, it can’t resist the lure of some erratic fish-out-water humor at the expense of Thin (though, ironically, it was Thin who burned a hole in Stanley’s pocket, he Indiscriminate spending on room service).

Aside from the two of them, Will Fetters and Tyler Mateen’s script features heavy-line portrayals of supporting characters. You always know who your friends are and who are Stanley and his disciples. For example, Foster’s only job is to scoff at Bo every 10 seconds. The actor knows exactly what kind of performance he needs, milking it like he’s staring at the canceled face.

Speaking of great acting, Sandler is quite refined here. Note his speechless performance in a pivotal early scene when he learns of the death of a mentor figure. Zagar grabs Sandler’s face when he realizes it, then in disbelief, then pure sadness. It’s a true showcase of his talent, our semi-annual reminder, and it’s the kind of creativity that Sandler should really be consuming.

hustle and bustle
Director – Jeremiah Zagar
throw —Adam Sandler, Juancho Hernangomez, Ben Foster, Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall
score – 4/5

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