Uncut Gems review – bank on it: here’s the year’s most exciting film | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week
Adam Sandler gives a terrific, career-best performance as a Manhattan jeweller with a perilous gambling habit in a rollicking, high-energy thrillerThis sensationally good New York crime drama is rocket-fuelled with greed and crack-fumed with fear.
It is directed by the Safdie brothers, Benny and Josh, who create something deliciously horrible, working with their longtime screenwriter-collaborator Ronald Bronstein.
It conjures up the work of James Toback and John Cassavetes – and indeed early Martin Scorsese, who is an executive producer here.
There is a consistency of purpose that their earlier film, Good Time, lacked.
In its unforced, gripping, black-comic chaos, Uncut Gems resembles nothing so much as a super-violent, feature-length episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.The Safdies have cast as their leading man Adam Sandler who gives a glorious, career-best turn as a fast-talking Manhattan diamond dealer called Howard Ratner (dare we hope for a cheeky reference to the British jeweller Gerald?
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