Viewed by 30 million people on its opening weekend, this woefully median comic caper is an odd addition to the actors CVs
Thirty-nine minutes and 40 seconds, I have it down as- 39 m 40 s flat. That tags the first time I giggled during the dark comedy film Murder Mystery( Netflix, out now ), starring Adam Sandler( 90 s comedian) and Jennifer Aniston( no better performer in Hollywood at saying : “Ooh!” while blowing periphery out of her face to exclaim mild-to-medium surprise ).
And I want to say something to caveat that fact: I am a very simple man. Phenomenally easily entertained. Leave me alone in a silent chamber- solitary confinement, say, inside a high-risk prison- and I’ll got something to jest at within 40 hours. I have been to whimsical funerals. Some third-warning finds at work. You can laugh while a rector is screaming at you, and I have the stern words written dwelling to my mother to prove it. But Adam Sandler, trying his best? Forty entire minutes. That is the review.
You want to know what Murder Mystery is about: well, it’s a murder mystery. Is it a sophisticated one, layered with counseling and misdirection, subterfuge and secret identities, motivatings both hide and not, like the Agatha Christie yarns it presumably pastiches? No , not at all, but Adam Sandler has a moustache. He plays beat-cop-with-aspirations-of-being-a-detective Nick Spitz, who is taking his wife Audrey( Aniston, who you have to assume Sandler has some very dark blackmail material on at this place; or maybe he’s employing magick or witchcraft, a affliction or blood pact, because I cannot recognize any logical, career-driven reason for Aniston to appear in cinemas with him, frequently; I simply have to assume a shaman or Polaroids are involved) on a delayed honeymoon around Europe. Anyway, there is a murder while they’re out there. They decide to solve it. You get where this is going.
Here’s the thing: the movie is bad, yes; but bad in a strange, mediocre way where it’s not bad enough to be bad-bad, simply underwhelming. It clocks in at 97 instants; the climax is padded out by an wasteful vehicle pursue; and the film is bafflingly stacked with endowment( Gemma Arterton; Terence actual Stamp; Luke Evans, whose primary capacity in the film is to explain, as if talking to a toddler, exactly who everyone is and what’s going on ). It’s set in beautiful locations but the two precedes dislike each other. In fact, their fractured-marriage-that-can-only-be-repaired-by-a-billionaire-being-stabbed-to-death dynamic seems to be the only sense of edification in the film: the exhausted malaise scripted into the Spitzes’ union could be read as a analogy for Sandler’s vocation, formerly full of promise( you laughed at Happy Gilmore! I “know what youre talking about” !), now knackered, pathetic and going through the motions; Sisyphus flogged- not to a rock- but to Jennifer Aniston, pushing her up the mountain of humourless romcoms, for ever.
Is Murder Mystery actually about Sandler’s own journeying, of falling out of love with film-making, despite being tied to an eight-movie Netflix deal, hoping he was able to ” slaughter” it and get on with “peoples lives” without having to attain these morons laugh any more? No, I’m giving him far too much credit. It’s just extremely crap. Apparently, 30 million people watched this movie on its opening weekend. Don’t become numeral 30,000, 001.