Howard Ratner, a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.
This movie is like a rollercoaster. It’s a thrill from beginning to end, and much like a rollercoaster, it’s one hell of a ride.
I can tell this movie is going to split people. I for one loved it, but a lot of people who attended the same screening hated it, and to be honest, I don’t quite fully know why. It’s what is known as a marmite movie (you either love it, or you hate it).
An issue I did have with the film was it’s sound mixing. It was pretty badly done. There are so many times where people are talking but it’s hard to hear due to something else in the background. For example, there’s a scene where Howard is in a water fountain and you can’t hear anything he’s saying because the water fountain in the background is too loud. Also, there’s a lot of shouting in the movie so there’s an overlapping in narrative between characters and it’s hard to make out what each character is saying because they all have the same audio levels.
There have been a few films this year I’ve described as ‘relentless’, for a multitude of different reasons. This film is relentless (and in a good way).
This film worked because of the Safdie Brothers. Only they could make a film like this work, and to this level, without it seeming over the top and silly. They took a risk with this and it payed off. They bought the great stuff from ‘Good Time’ here, and I loved it.
I know nothing about Basketball, but I was on the edge of my seat watching Basketball in the film because how tense it was, and what was on stake.
This is a great performance from Adam Sandler, who, let’s face it – isn’t the best actor with the roles he’s been given in the past. His best work has been in Punch Drunk and Love and he’s on par with that here.
Uncut Gems is a unique and crazy experience to be a part of, but it’s well worth it once it’s over. It wont be for everyone, some may hate it – but they probably don’t like that much stress in 130 minutes.