Uncut Gems – Film Review
Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Writers: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin Garnett, Mesfin Lamengo, Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton, Liang Wei-Hei Duncan
Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is a man with many problems. He’s a New York City jeweller that owes money all around town due to his gambling problems. He’s also going through a messy break up with his wife and trying to keep his much younger girlfriend happy. That is until he finds a rare gem that could solve all his problems. It’s a massive stone that’s worth thousands of dollars. He shows the gem to basketball player Kevin Garnett who becomes obsessed with it.
This is a new film by the Safdie brothers (Benny and Josh Safdie). They have been slowly building a reputation for films such as Good Time, the 2017 release which starred Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, along with Heaven Knows What from 2014. This film has a similar subject matter, exploring people at the edges of society and the criminal underworld.
There was a time where you would have branded certifiable to have mentioned Adam Sandler’s name in the same sentence as an Oscar, but he does a surprisingly good job in this part. It’s a role that requires a degree of madness that he captures in this constantly evolving storyline.
This is a film that will no doubt annoy many viewers. There is rarely a moment of calm in the entire movie, and at times it is exhausting to watch. You yearn for a quiet moment in amongst all this chaos, but really you just have to laugh and enjoy what is an extremely unusual work. We can only hope the academy view Mr. Sandler’s work with an open mind!