A jewelry store owner and dealer to rich and famous clients places a series of high-stakes bets in the hopes of securing a huge windfall. But His lavish spending habits on gambling, and family issues cause him to become behind on his debts. So he devises a clever way to pay off his bookies and finally come out ahead all while protecting his family and business.
I would like to give a full store review, but let's stick to this purchase for now. It was nice to see some fresh titles on actual shelves. The packaging looks great and I was glad to finally add it to my collection. Hoping to add more in the future. Thanks!
Well...this is a challenging and interesting movie to review.
First, technically, the Blu Ray encode is nice with solid picture (no banding) and good ambient sound, especially when outside on the streets of NYC. Also, the soundtrack is used to an innovative and effective means here. More on that in a second.
As a piece of entertainment...I can't recommend this film. It isn't fun to watch and it doesn't even really follow the tenets of quality storytelling. It is really more like a reality show or a slice of life.
As a piece of art, I HIGHLY recommend this film (in case you were wondering about the five stars). This movie immerses its viewer in a life. Life doesn't come in three acts with character development and artistically designed shots that are magically lit. Entertaining movies are, but this isn't that.
This is how the visual storytelling medium can transfer our attention and our soul into the life of a despicable character - sex, drugs, swindling, swearing...yeah, it's all there so keep the kids and those with gentle sensibilities away.
But if you want to experience the power of film and how it can transfer our very being to another place and another life, there hasn't been anything like Uncut Gems in a long time, if ever.
Part of that is the soundtrack. The soundtrack is used to GREAT effect to convey information about the experience...in essence, the character lives life in a panic attack and the aggressive, loud sounds that accompany the film put US in the same, agitated state. You won't be comfortable or even calm by the time the film has ended, but this film will stay with you because it took you somewhere many of us have never been.
The other strong element of this film is...hold your breath...Adam Sandler. Mr. Sandler challenged himself to act outside his comfort zone and he disappears in the part. This isn't Adam Sandler as we have known him and his commitment to the art and bringing his A game to this project is commendable. He makes this movie.
Oh yeah...and IF you care about these things (heh heh and you know you do) it's got an amazing slipcover. A black matte finish with silver foil letters. Simple but so effective.
So if you are an adult that can handle extensive swearing, non stop swindling and graphic sex AND you want to experience a movie that will make you feel things like most other movies won't even dare to try and achieve, this film is for you. If you want to experience some art (as opposed to Disney or WB blockbusters, and not that there's anything wrong with those...) than this is a strong recommendation.
Uncut Gem Great movie and great cast all on a great format. Solid case.Adam Sandler in a serious role? I thought maybe wouldn't make the grade- but it did. Was humorous a bit but mostly serious. Wish the ending was a little different.
This has become a favorite movie of mine. Well performed by the team of actors, director, cinematographer, editor and music. This movie sucks you in and rips your gut. I found myself trying to figure out why I have these changing emotions for this guy. Adam Sandler is outstanding. This is not an easy movie but I can’t stop watching it.
The movie "Uncut Gems" is a departure for actor Adam Sandler from his usual comedic roles. Viewers may find scenes where several characters argue very loudly annoying, but overall, it's a worthwhile movie to watch.