Get Ready for “Stranger” Things in Final “Uncut Gems” Trailer

Not to use too obvious a metaphor, but A24's decision to go wide on Christmas Day with Uncut Gems was a big gamble that's paid off. The Safdie Brothers' wild dark comedy starring Adam Sandler has been a big hit (relative to its size), out-grossing several of Sandler's more typical comedies and even the big-budget musical disaster that is Cats.

Now that it's in most theaters, there's a new trailer, featuring Billy Joel's "The Stranger," which is used so effectively in the film. It paints perhaps a sunnier picture of what's in store than the original trailer, which was the best of 2019.

It's possible there's an Oscar nomination or two in store for the film when they're announced next week, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Uncut Gems is now playing in wide release.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.