Uncut Gems (Movie): Editor’s Choice

Summary: Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler, is always on the lookout for the next big score. When he 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. 

Starring: Adam Sandler, Deneke Muhugeta, Habtunu Africho, Idina Menzel, Jacob Igielski, Jonathan Aranbayev, Julia Fox, Keith Williams Richards, Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Liang Wei-Hei Duncan, Mesfin Lamengo, Noa Fisher, Paloma Elsesser, Suin Zhi Hua-Hilton, Sunny Wu Jin Zahoo, The Weeknd, Tommy Kominik, Warren Finkelstein

Director: Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Crime

Rating: R

Runtime: 135 min

A+

REVIEW

Uncut Gems is beautiful chaos, stress-inducing, anxiety triggering manic chaos. We’re still catching my breath from watching it. There isn’t one dull second in this film. It’s fast-paced storytelling with endless charm and authenticity. Adam Sandler materializes Howard Ratner with all his baggage, the bad and the good. He embodies this character and brings it to life. We are tempted to call this his best work to date. It’s a big claim but it deserves it. “Punch Drunk Love” was something else but this is just breathtaking, honestly, it just wows. The Safdies brothers really went for it with “Uncut Gems”. Their acid-infused filmmaking is on full display yet again. They shaped the narrative near damn flawlessly and gave Sandler a fantastic story to work with. A power trip that will play with your primal senses, that’s the best way to describe it. Absolutely great!

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