- Gareth Crook
Uncut Gems (2019)
I don’t like Adam Sandler, the films I’ve had the misfortune to watch with him in have been atrocious. So it’s with some trepidation that I’m watching this, having heard that it’s actually very good. Is it good? Well yes I guess so, but it’s also bloody irritating to watch, two hours of unfolding frustration as Sandler, a larger than life New York jeweller digs himself deeper and deeper in debt with people you don’t want to be in debt with. It’s like a slow motion car crash, you know it’s going to end badly, there’s no way out, just get it over with. It’s exhausting too, every, single, scene is a cacophony of voices shouting over one another, the threats get more violent, the debt more out of control. It’s almost unbearable. In fact it is, I struggled to get to the end. Yes it’s clearly the best thing I’ve seen Sandler in, but it’s so unhinged, I hated it, hated him, hated everyone in it... but, that’s all intentional, so can you enjoy a film you hate? Surprisingly, yes I think you can.