SHARPER can be defined as “one who lives by their wits.” It is also an intriguing, clever thriller story. The art of grifting is revealed in a reverse order of events that comes together with surprising results. 

The theme for this slick, fast-paced film must be to trust no one. It definitely keeps viewers on their toes with an outstanding ensemble that includes John Lithgow, Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Briana Middleton, and Justice Jesse Smith. Throughout the entire movie, it was difficult to decipher who was grifting who. 

The writers divided SHARPER into mini backstories about all the characters until it all meshed. “How can you do what you do? Practice.” Taking billions of dollars adds to the end game and rewards for everyone involved. Not bad for a few months’ work. 

SHARPER was fun, complex, and engaging. It will keep audiences interested. Pure escapism that you know was not perfect, yet you can’t stop watching. And besides, Julianne’s clothes, jewelry, and the rich, luscious apartments will give you something to dream about. It is available to stream on APPLE TV+.  

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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