Uncut Gems

It’s a shame that it has taken Sandler this long to be recognized as a decent dramatic actor.  He has done a few really good ones (Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me come to mind) in the past and should have gotten more notoriety for them than he did.

That said, this film is good but I would have never thought it would be mentioned as a possibility for move of the year.  The plot is something that we’ve seen many times before – a chronic messup tries to make everything right and keeps doubling down in order to do it.  The character fits Sandler perfectly (and vice versa) as I think it plays to his strengths of playing a manic character.

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Movie title: Uncut Gems

Movie description: A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Date published: 2020-02-15

Director(s): Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie

Actor(s): Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Kevin Garnett, Judd Hirsch, Abel Tesfaye, Tilda Swinton, John Amos, Trinidad James, Eric Bogosian, Marcia DeBonis, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Sample, Hailey Gates, Noa Fisher, Anthony Mecca, Jake Ryan, Natasha Lyonne, Sahar Bibiyan, Josh Ostrovsky, Robbie DeRaffele, Warren Finkelstein, Keith Williams Richards, Thomas Kominik, Maksud Agadjani, Ca$h Out, Andrea Linsky, Roman Persits, Paloma Elsesser, Mike Francesa, Gerard "Dash" McQuiller, Darien Howard, Jonathan Aranbayev, Todd Vulpio, Ronald Greenberg, Marshall Greenberg, Michael A. Sollecito, Sean Ringgold, Damany Eastman, Jacob Igielski, Shemsi Selimaj, Arthur Borukhov, Stuart Wenig, Mitchell Wenig, Mesfin Lamengo, Sun Zhi Hua-Hilton, Sunny Wu Jin Zahao, Liang Wei-Hui-Duncan, Daneke Muhugeta, Habtunu Africho, Raleem Moses, Keren Shemel, Max Bartos, Louis Anthony Arias, Aren Topian, Lino Eisenberg, Shiv Pai, Kerwin Frost, La Mar Taylor, William Sappe, Greg Yuna, Victor Plajas, Ricky Barksdale, Jennifer Venditti, Larry 'Ratso' Sloman, Benjy Kleiner, Svetlana B. Levitin, Roza Babekova, Jessica Mullayev, Izra Malakov, Brad Davidorf, Ralph Colucci, Marty Tendler, Conor Coyne, Alexander Gilkes, Jennifer Sacks, Wayne Diamond, Debbie DeLisi, Chad Neves, Ara Daglian, Glenn "Doc" Rivers, Erika Wachter, Paige Neuenschwander, Cassie Prusiensky, Ursula Triplett

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

My Review

It’s a shame that it has taken Sandler this long to be recognized as a decent dramatic actor.  He has done a few really good ones (Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me come to mind) in the past and should have gotten more notoriety for them than he did.

That said, this film is good but I would have never thought it would be mentioned as a possibility for move of the year.  The plot is something that we’ve seen many times before – a chronic messup tries to make everything right and keeps doubling down in order to do it.  The character fits Sandler perfectly (and vice versa) as I think it plays to his strengths of playing a manic character.

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