Uncut Gems Review
What’s It About?
A risk-taking jeweller, with a penchant for gambling, takes on a bet that could land a life-changing windfall – but it involves everything working out and the risks couldn’t be higher.
Who’s In It?
Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, Punch Drunk Love, Hotel Transylvania 1-3, & more recently Murder Mystery)
LaKeith Stanfield (Selma, Get Out, Sorry To Bother You, & more recently Knives Out)
Other notables include:
Julia Fox (debut)
Eric Bogosian (Under Siege 2, Billions, & more recently Succession)
Director: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie (Heaven Knows What, Good Time)
Adam Sandler is quite the quandary. Capable of fine performance such as Punch Drunk Love, seemingly self-aware in Funny People, but unfortunately forever opting for what appears to be the easy and often underwhelming option such as The Cobbler. Well once again there is a new dawn with an absolutely scintillating performance in Benny and Josh Safdie’s latest thriller.
Playing an entertaining, loud-mouthed, risk-taking and at times vulgar character, who is constantly robbing Peter to pay Paul, Sandler delivers one of his finest performances of all time. With his warts and all performance, Sandler somehow manages to make the somewhat unlikeable Howard Ratner utterly compelling as this New York jeweller tries to keep the wolves from the door, while placating his wife, keeping his girlfriend happy, running his jewellery business, unearthing a potentially life-changing gem, and laying a series of high-stakes bets.
Uncut Gems is without doubt a highly stressful experience, but Sandler’s performance is rightly garnering him plenty of plaudits and, hopefully, will result in more turns of this calibre. That said, newcomer Julia Fox gives an utterly compelling performance as his girlfriend, while there is also strong support from the likes of Idina Menzel, LaKeith Stanfield, and Eric Bogosian in this thoroughly gripping drama.
In A Nutshell:
Fabulous performances from Adam Sandler and Julia Fox elevate this taut, stressful and thoroughly absorbing drama.
Adam Sandler & Julia Fox’s performances
The ever-tightening feeling in your stomach as the movie progresses