Movie Reviews

Uncut Gems (2019)

uncut-gems-2019-netflix-movie-reviewDirector: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 135 Minutes

Main Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield, Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel, Kevin Garnett, Judd Hirsch, John Amos, Trinidad James

Plot: Howard is a charismatic gems dealer who is up to his eyeballs in debt. When he gets his hands on an extremely rare Ethiopian uncut rock of gems, he makes a series of high-stake bets which don’t go to plan.

My Thoughts: I’m having a scroll through my Twitter feed and can see everyone talking about a new Adam Sandler movie, called Uncut Gems. I’m confused, for two reasons. One, from the poster I thought it was a documentary. Two, everyone was saying how amazing it was, and that Sandler should have been nominated for an Oscar. Am I in the Bad Place? I didn’t know Adam Sandler could act! Colour me intrigued.

I’ve watched movies that have made me happy, movies that have made me sad, scared, sometimes even sick, but I don’t think I’ve watched anything that’s made me feel so stressed before! My husband walked in at around the halfway point and asked what was going on, and at that point I was like, I don’t know what to tell you! This Howard guy makes terrible choices and everyone is just shouting all the time!

I liked it though. It’s kind of impossible to not get sucked into Howard’s life, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to see him win or fail. He’s a bit of a jerk but his bets were so crazy I knew there would be a sense of wonder if he did actually pull it off in the end. As for Adam Sandler himself, I don’t know if I would call his performance Oscar-worthy, but it’s definitely the best performance I’ve seen of his.

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Best Bit: So many of the loud, shouty scenes merged into one in my mind but there’s this moment where Howard’s on the phone to at least 2 different people, Lakeith Stanfield is also shouting at him, everyone is rushing around and then the poor fish are almost murdered. That’s definitely the stand-out scene for sure.

Worst Bit: The door to Howard’s shop is definitely up there with the door to the cabin in The Hateful Eight in the list of ass***e doors. One won’t open, the other won’t shut!

Fun Trivia: Uncut Gems features the 4th most f-words in film history, exactly 408 times.

My Rating: 3 and a half fake Rolex’s…you’ll have to shout louder than everyone else in this movie to complain about them, though!

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14 thoughts on “Uncut Gems (2019)

  1. Punch Drunk Love is my favourite Sandler performance. I am definitely going to watch this soon because I keep hearing about the Safdie brothers (like the Robert Pattinson movie a couple of years ago) and I also just like Sandler. Both of those Safdie brothers movies are on Netflix now too.

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    1. I just had to look that movie up, is it Good Time (2017)? That sounds really interesting and it’s on my watchlist now. I’ve seen a few Sandler movies over the years but Punch Drunk Love isn’t one of them! I think Happy Gillmore is my favourite comedy of his.

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  2. Oh man, I had the start of a sinus infection when I sat down for this and I was in physical pain the entire time. I got out of my seat so quickly at the end. It was so chaotic. I liked it, but god damn Howard. Stop lol

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  3. You nailed it. The stress level in this film was insane and it really carried over to the viewer via all the shouting. I enjoyed it even though it was so tough to watch. Sandler was great as was his acceptance speech at the Independent Spirit Awards this past weekend – worth a watch if you missed it.

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