Here it is – Adam Sandler’s moment of glory. Yes. In Uncut Gems, he has done the performance of his lifetime. And there is an interesting piece of art beside him.
Unquestionably, Adam Sandler is the favourite of Golden Raspberry Awards jury. Since 1996 he was nominated quite regularly for the Worst Actor and up until now he won three times. Also, his screenplay work is frequently nominated to the Razzies.
With Uncut Gems (now available on Netflix), Sandler could finally make an Oscar for himself. His gripping performance of troubled jeweler from New York’s Diamond District is a masterpiece.
The entire movie is intense as hell. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes critics agreed that Josh and Benny Safdie film reaffirms the directing brothers as “masters of anxiety-inducing cinema – and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.”
We have spotted some fine art in the background. It is worth mentioning because paintings of this particular artist are not seen often in public, let alone in a high-budget American-made film.
His name is Odilon Redon. French symbolist paintings and art prints are full of mysterious messages, images extracted from the artist’s dreams, and sometimes nightmares.
If there is one word depicting Redon’s work the most adequate we can come up with is – elusive. Ethereal. Oneiric. All right, there is more than one.
The painting spotted in Uncut Gems is one of Redon’s floral fantasies. He loved flowers and his still lifes are among our most favourites.