Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Writers: Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie
Cast: Adam Sandler, LaKeith Stanfield, Tommy Kominik, Keith Williams Richards, LaKeith Stanfield, Tommy Kominik, Keith Williams Richards
Howard, a New York Jeweler, gets a rare, valuable gem in its disposal, but due to some terrible days, he loses that Gem. While looking for it, he is also playing a dangerous game by making high-stakes bets that could make him rich.
I understand if someone stopped watching after 10 minutes. Uncut Gems can be very chaotic, especially at the beginning. Everybody is talking and yelling at the same time. Even I had a hard time during the first part.
But, nothing feels scripted thanks to this approach. It’s like every person wants to have their point heard.
This film is not for everyone. I won’t be able to tell you if you are going to like it or not.
When I heard Adam Sandler took on a serious role, I got excited. I love it when comedic actors take on these roles. It proves to us that some of them have a broader skillset.
And he delivers!
Adam plays as Howard, who is a Jeweler that is eccentric, a husband, a father, and owns some big loansharks money.
He is kinda a scumbag. You won’t trust him with him your money. He is continuously pounding other people’s stuff to get money, which he can use to make bets. All this to make more money so he can pay off debts.
If Howard was played by someone else, I would probably have hated him. But Adam gives the character some humanity to it. Which also makes me have a bit of sympathy for him.
This is also due to all the shit he has to go through. When you are watching Uncut Gems, you feel like this guy needs a break of life. Nothing goes according to plan, and he has to find new ways to strive.
You can feel all this chaos through your screen. This can be overwhelming to even take a break from the film. But I kept on going because I wanted to see stuff getting on the right track again.
“Uncut Gems” is an excellent film. Is it an enjoyable movie? Not really, but I can appreciate the movie for what it was.
It’s a rough viewing but challenging for sure.