An irresistible thrill ride on the life of a jewelry store owner who can’t stop gambling, âUncut Gemsâ by the Safdie Brothers is a modern masterpiece. While Adam Sandler might not be the obvious choice to star in a thriller, he was the first name on the director’s list: The Safdies approached Sandler in 2015, four years before the film’s release. The move paid off, as Sandler’s performance was nothing short of an eye opener and would see âUncut Gemsâ ranked as our best Adam Sandler film of all time.
Sandler plays Howard Ratner, a gambling addict on a mission to claim an invaluable gem from Ethiopia in order to pay off its exorbitant debts. Despite everything that tends to break Howard’s path, his overwhelming desire for more leads him to constantly make the wrong decisions, leaving the audience in agony. That said, there is a real magic in Sandler’s performance that makes you root for him, despite the fact that there is something deeply loathsome about Howard. He’s a weird and unpredictable character, and while he almost never stops swearing, you can’t help but be drawn to him.
The outstanding cast is completed by Julia Fox, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett as himself and even The Weeknd, also playing himself. Overall, “Uncut Gems” is a 135-minute thrill ride that doesn’t waste a second. It’s gritty, disgusting, disturbing, hilarious, terrifying and heartbreaking.