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Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein. The film stars Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, a Jewish-American jeweler and gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District, who must retrieve an expensive gem he purchased to pay off his debts. The film also stars Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, and Eric Bogosian.
A charismatic jeweller makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
Why It Rocks
- The Safdie brothers do a spectacular job at directing the film.
- Masterful and phenomenally stellar acting, especially from Adam Sandler, and does a marvelous job at keeping the increasingly extreme suspense and tension in the film at an astonishingly even beat.
- Great supporting cast including Idina Menzel (the voice of Elsa in Frozen), Julia Fox, Judd Hirsch and even Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, also known as the popular singer "The Weeknd"!
- Howard Ratner is a good protagonist since he manages to be a complex, competent psychological character in the form of a charismatic, impulsive jewelry store owner with an overwhelming gambling addiction who's a horrible person that cheats the Ethiopian miners out of thousands, cheats on his wife, and is completely selfish and estranged from his family, yet manages to be likable by being very affable and trying to risk everything to survive while facing the consequences of his actions, and Adam Sandler plays him perfectly (as said before).
- Memorable quotes and great dialogue.
- Incredible character development.
- Interesting characters.
- Brilliant and chilling cinematography, which manages to portray the film's foreboding and extremely tense atmosphere very effectively.
- Terrifying and atmospheric soundtrack composed by Daniel Lopatin.
- Lots of extremely suspenseful moments, like the the nightclub scene and the basketball game at the end.
- Like The Irishman and Parasite, the film manages to efficiently balance drama, black comedy, mystery, suspense, tragedy and emotion.
- It does a very good job at handling its themes of gambling, debt, loan sharking, addiction, cheating, lying, scamming, etc.
- Very unexpected and powerful ending.
- Gorgeous visuals.
- Like The Wolf of Wall Street, there's non-stop extreme profanity throughout the entire film (including having a total of 560 uses of "fuck") which serves to enhance its themes, is executed exceptionally well and is a part of the constant tension throughout the movie.
- It's good to see that Adam Sandler has been returned into the film industry, after having spent years making the worst films for Happy Madison. He even managed to win the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.
The Only Bad Quality
- The profanity can be a bit excessive.
The film has been met with widespread critical acclaim, especially for Sandler's performance, with critics deeming it the best of his career. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 92% based on 329 reviews, with an average rating of 8.38/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema—and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material." Meanwhile, Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 91 out of 100, based on 56 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". It also has a 7.4/10 rating on IMDb.