Adam Sandler is an unique case in Hollywood. Love him or hate him, the star has a loyal comedic following when it comes to his last slew of films. Recently, he made a deal that allows his films to skip theaters immediately, putting all of his latest exclusives on Netflix. The streaming service certainly loves Sandler and his fan base, gaining a considerable amount of success. The Ridiculous 6 remains to be the most streamed film in its massive catalog. Unlike most stars, Sandler's fans have continued to be loyal, with his next six films joining The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over and Sandy Wexler as part of the Netflix family.
Unlike his fans, critics have trashed Sandler as of late, calling his humor unfunny and anything but entertaining. Others have yearned for the star to go back to dramas, a move so rare for the star he has not had a praised performance since 2002's Punch Drunk Love.
His latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), has been dominating the media as of late, but not because Sandler is destroying his career. Instead, he's reinvigorating it. Premiering at Cannes Film Festival, Netflix (which is surrounded with a lot of controversy at the moment) dropped their awards hopeful to rave reviews. One actor stands out brighter than anyone in the ensemble — a group that includes the likes of Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. It turns out the star of Jack & Jill, Grown Ups 2 and Pixels just might be the current front-runner in this year's Best Actor race.
Dramas Just Might Be Where Adam Sandler Belongs
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) has critics raving about Sandler so much, that they have ended up asking why he doesn't approach dramas more often. Clearly the actor has not had critical success for a long time, but it has always been agreed that Sandler does have a lot of talent, even though his potential has not been revealed to such a large audience. Netflix, with its millions of users (who seriously doesn't have an account?), is hoping to change that when the film debuts on the service this fall.
Here's what those who attended the premiere had to say:
Is Adam Sandler a contender for Best Actor in Cannes? He is getting the best reviews of his career...[With Punch Drunk Love] Sandler proved then he could be a seriously good actor, and with today’s competition film from writer-director Noah Baumbach called The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), Sandler is a standout among other standouts in this terrific ensemble that also includes Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Ben Stiller among others. ... I could easily see a couple of [Oscar] nomination possibilities.
With no shtick to fall back on, Sandler is forced to act, and it’s a glorious thing to watch — even for those fans who like him best in perpetual man-child mode
Sandler, in particular, is asked to go places he hasn’t been as an actor since Punch-Drunk Love (2002) – and he gets there so seemingly effortlessly, and with such comedic precision and control of sentiment (the way he plays Danny’s relationship with his daughter is delightful), you wonder what it would take for him to do it more often. Baumbach should really write him a Volume Two.
Critics and journalists all around the spectrum have been praising the comedian and it's about time he got the ball rolling again. Speaking about the film, Sandler said:
"It's different for a comedian when you get an offer like this and my first thought is, 'I don't want to let anybody down."
Who knew Netflix's first major Oscar nomination might come in the form of the Sandman?
You can witness Sandler's career-changing performance when The Meyerowitz Stories debuts on Netflix this fall.