Movie Review: Uncut Gems

April 17th, 2020

Details from IMDB:

Uncut Gems (2019)

| | CrimeDramaThriller | 25 December 2019 (USA)
 
7.5/10
148,731
 
With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.

Directors:

 Benny SafdieJosh Safdie
initial Thoughts:
 
We live in strange times by that I mean the corona pandemic of 2020. Maybe if it had happened a long time ago I’d be watching movies nonstop but I’ve been doing other stuff (including writing). Back on topic, my mom mentioned this movie a while ago. I had also heard of it and I am much more likely to watch Adam Sandler in a more serious role (and it was on Netflix), so we watched it.
 
Main Points:
 
I won’t mince words, Sandler does a lot of crappy movies. I get it, they make him a lot of money and I’m sure he doesn’t care what critics think of them. This movie, thankfully, is not one of those, it’s quite good. On the rare occasions where Sandler does do a movie with a good script, he can act. I don’t think he’ll ever win an Oscar (maybe nominated) but this certainly the best I’ve seen him since Spanglish (2004).
 
The movie is fast-paced as we are quickly introduced to a jewelry store owner who is an addictive gambler, in frequent trouble with gangsters and desperate for a really big win to solve all his problems.
 
Sandler does a solid job and carries the movie completely. I should add it’s the kind of movie where they do super long takes (in this case like 45 minutes plus) which does help to build tension.
 
Final Thoughts:
 
Without spoiling anything (ok much) I’ll say it was a surprise ending and it is good to see Sandler do something different. The film also shows some traditions/rituals in the Jewish faith that I wasn’t aware of. So I do certainly recommend it and give a solid 8 out of 10. Certainly not a movie for kids, lots of swearing, some violence, sexual situations, and brief nudity. One of Sandler’s best, just not Oscar-worthy.