Adam Sandler's Latest Film, Uncut Gems, Looks Absolutely Crazy
There's a long list of things you could mentally cook up when you imagine an Adam Sandler role. A jewelry dealer caught up in a gangland robbery is, admittedly, not one of them.
But as the trailer for the new Safdie Brothers crime thriller Uncut Gems is about to prove to you, it can be made to work wonders.
Uncut Gems has been quietly been generating a ton of buzz for itself in the last few months, having debuted to rapturous acclaim at the Telluride Film Festival last month. It currently sits at a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many claiming it as one of Sandler's finest ever performances, and was named as one of the best films of a festival that also included Ford vs. Ferrari and the critically-acclaimed Marriage Story.
"While it’s an overused cliché, it wouldn’t be inappropriate to call this thoroughly on-steroids film an edge-of-your-seat experience, as it truly earns the saying," wrote rogerebert.com's Tomris Laffly, who went on to call Sandler's turn "a demanding, career-best performance."
But what kind of film could earn such accolades? Essentially, Uncut Gems tells the story of Howard Ratner, a neurotic New York scammer and jewelry dealer to the rich and famous who's life goes increasingly off the rails when he comes into the possession of a highly precious new stone. "When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime," writes the film's official synopsis, "Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win."
The list of big names that randomly pop up throughout the trailer is, quite frankly, a bit insane. In addition to Sandler, NBA legend Kevin Garnett apparently plays a major role that the film's directors reportedly also considered Amar'e Stoudemire and Joel Embiid for, as does Lakeith Stanfield. Idina Menzel (who plays Ratner's wife), Julia Fox, and Eric Bogosian round-out the cast.
Oh yeah, both The Weeknd and Travis Scott (who's not in the trailer but tweeted that he's involved) make cameos, just to make things even madder.
The film is set to drop in cinemas on December 13 this year.