Opinon: Uncut Gems shines bright like a diamond



Adam Sandler shines in Uncut Gems in what may be his best career performance. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Acker '21, Staff Writer

Uncut Gems is absolutely fantastic, and is one of the best movies that I have seen in a while. I was honestly surprised because when I first heard about it I thought it was just gonna be another Adam Sandler comedy, but Uncut Gems is anything but that. It’s shocking, suspense-filled and riddled with amazing performances, it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
The film story is about a gambling addict jewelry store owner named Howard Ratner played by Sandler. Sandler gives an absolutely amazing performance and is one of the best parts of the movie–it is probably the best performance of his career. He really shows how this character is feeling at particular moments and the stress and duress he is under. You can really tell he gives it his all. This movie shows that if Sandler has the right material to work with he can be really great.
The supporting cast is fantastic as well, but Kevin Garrenett (who plays himself), Julia Fox (who plays Julia) and LaKeith Stanfield (who plays Demany) were my particular favorites. All the supporting cast felt like they truly made an impact on the story.
The movie is also written very well. Each individual character feels fleshed out and has a personality and the story also makes sense and is super entertaining. The story also makes you feel really anxious and nervous about whether there’s a big bet on the line or he is being chased by thugs. The movie really is nerve-wracking.
The movie also does a great job at pacing. There is never a moment rest, the entire movie is super fast-paced and erratic as the movie takes twists and turns you really feel this pace. The erratic pace also really drives home the stressful and crazy situation that Howard is in.
The movie’s music is really amazing. Each song played feels like it has a purpose, and drives home the emotion that the film is trying to convey. Songs also feel as if they are played louder or softer based on the situation Howard is in.
The cinematography and editing are also great. The movie does a ton of close up shots and quick cuts which help move the story along in an enjoyable way. There is also a mix of several one takes which puts us into the perspective of the characters we are following.
Overall, Uncut Gems is truly an amazing movie that is really entertaining and is full of wonderful performances. I definitely recommend Uncut Gems, and I give it a 10/10.