Movie Review: Uncut Gems

What started out as a movie I was almost sure I was going to walk out on after the first half hour, there’s a moment where you say, “hold on a minute” and sit back down.

What I’m referring to is the extremely loud and fast-paced, Adam Sandler movie, Uncut Gems. The film literally starts with an explosion and it is volume 11 for the rest of the ride. This is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride where you’re not sure if you want to scream, “shut up!” or “more! more!”

Adam Sandler plays a douchebag, screwup degenerate gambler who never knows when to stop. Never knows when to slow down. Never knows how good he has it until it’s slipping out of his fingers. Sandler’s grasp of this character is masterful. He embodies the role so well that you one, easily forget this is the same guy who sang the turkey song on Saturday Night Live and even more, forget its Sandler at all. To say he will probably be up for an Academy Award nomination is a predictable understatement.

Rounding out the cast are some powerhouse performances. The wicked witch herself, Idina Menzel, playing the role of Sandler’s wife who, by the time we come into their story, has already had enough of his bullshit. As well as Eric Bogosian who plays a loan shark who is tough, menacing, and downright scary.

Also, Kevin Garnett, yes the NBA star, plays a key role here. A lot of times sports figures or real life celebrities playing themselves in movies are for cameo purposes. This isn’t that role. Garnett really works his scenes and once you see the movie you’ll find just how much his part really lends its self to the importance of the uncut gems.

Once I settled into the ride this film is and got its pacing, I was in for the enjoyable rest of the ride. So, give it a chance, buckle up, and you’ll be in for a treat.


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