Weirdly this film reminded of me of Marriage Story in that it uses realism and guttural emotion to immerse you in the ferocity of the film's tone. The difference here is that Uncut Gems stresses events more so than conversation. While Marriage Story alternates between different conversations and perspectives, Uncut Gems put's emphasis on multiple wheels cogging in the machine. Howard (played excellently by Adam Sandler) is the centrepiece in all of this, the guide if you will.
The film doesn't explain some of the contexts behind his dealings but as the film goes on we start to learn about why he put himself in this situation or more importantly how he *feels* about it. By using a variety of events, conversations and mini climaxes within even one scene, we see the mental toll it has on Howard. The struggle, the success, the failures it all happens sometimes in the span of multiple scenes. The film masterfully allows you to feel empathy for Howard even if you disagree with a lot the actions he commits. An example of this would be towards the end of the second act where Howard breaks down and shows a moment of vulnerability. Up to this point, we have had a constant assault of him shouting, arguing and compromising so when he starts to break down it's not only a release for Howard but for the audience too. All of a sudden I started feeling the emotions Howard was experiencing and had a moment of tears welling up. The film had invested and engrossed me so much that I ended up balling my eyes out without a moments notice.
That's how effective Uncut Gems is as an emotional experience, it completely invests you in Howard even if can't relate to him on any capacity. The amount of craft and precision to pull that off is remarkable. I would even go as far as to say that is more impressive than writing a character that is relatable to the audience. Despite a few bumps in the road along the way (mainly to do with the first act and a couple of scenes being less effective in its intention than others) Uncut Gems is a must-see film and is one of the defining films of the 2010s. I don't know yet if it's better than Good Time but for now, let's just call it equal.