Adam Sandler plays Howard, a man with a once thriving business as a jeweler whose gambling addiction has brought his life to a stressful ruin. When he acquires a gem worth millions, that he plans to auction off, life spirals even farther out of control as his debtors close in.
The Safdie Brothers have crafted a film that is unrelenting in its desperation. It feels almost like a constant build up that never gives any release during its run time. It never paints Howard as anything but a tragic fool, a slave to his greed and gambling addictions.
Sandler gives what is easily his strongest and most intense performance of all time. Did you forget that Sandler can act? The Safdie Brothers did not and Sandler’s performance is one of the best performances of last year. The man was cheated by the Oscars.
Uncut Gems is not an easy watch, but it is rewarding and is a film worth checking out.