Uncut Gems (2019)


“Jews and colon cancer. What’s up with that? I thought we were the chosen people.” – Howard Ratner

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A diamond dealer who is constantly trying to make his big score comes across a once in a lifetime opportunity and hopes to finally make things right for himself and his family.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been intrigued to see since it has recieve much hype during the awards season due to the performance of Adam Sandler

I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of his comedic work, but he has shown over the years that he can be quite adept in more dramatic roles.

The story presented here is quite intriguing to watch unfold and things are accentuated by the wonderful performance by Sandler who shines here in this role.

He portrays his character in a very erratic way, yet he still manages to make him seem sympathetic the entire time no matter what he says or does that would ruin that feeling.

He finds a way for us to connect with his character based on the way he is developed along the way.

This is a story all about redemption and they try to show that there are some people who never feel that they have achieved enough and are always seeking the next big score since they constantly want more.

This can lead to some very tense situation that can easily get out of hand.

In addition to Sandler, the supporting cast is also great and I loved seeing Eric Bogosian and Judd Hirsch in small yet very significant roles.

This is a story that is filled with some nice twists and turns along the way help keep things even more intriguing and mysterious as things move in unexpected directions.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that helps accentuate Sandler’s dramatic skills since he clearly shines throughout. His character is a bit erratic in everything that he says and does yet somehow still remains sympathetic to the viewer largely due to the way that he is developed along the way. The story is all about redemption yet sometimes there are people who even once they achieve that feeling still want more and that is when things begin to get out of hand. The supporting cast is also great and I loved seeing Hirsch and Bogosian in some small yet key roles. The story has some nice twists and turns along the way that help keep things intriguing and mysterious as things move along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first draft of the script was written in 2009. In 2012, the Safdie Brothers gave Adam Sandler the screenplay, which he declined. After that, Harvey Keitel became the top choice for Howard before the Safdie brothers decided the part needed a younger actor like first intended. When the movie got financed after the success of Good Time in 2017, the role went to Jonah Hill, then back to Adam Sandler in 2018. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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