I watched that Adam Sandler movie, and I have thoughts about it.
Some context for everyone: I am a long-time Sandler fan. He is a part of my favorite SNL era with Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, David Spade, and Mike Myers. People can’t discuss sloppy joes around me without being treated to a chorus of Lunch Lady Land, and I know who Farmer Stinky Thumbs Arbuckle is. That being said, I have not been a fan of ALL of his movies. I was really hopeful for this one.
Also, I knew going in that there were hard parallels to the movie Clue, both in comedic tone and general storyline. Tim Curry is another actor that I hold high regard for, so it raised my expectations even more.
Murder Mystery tells the story of Nick (Sandler) and Audrey Spitz (Jennifer Aniston), a Brooklyn couple married for 15 years and finally celebrating their honeymoon…in Europe. They meet a debonair viscount (Luke Evans, Beauty and the Beast) on the plane and are invited to his family’s weekend celebration on his yacht. Seems legit.
While on the yacht, a person is murdered and thus begins the mystery. With a limited pool of suspects, the couple is quickly singled out, and fight for their innocence for the rest of the film.
It is very similar to Clue, and has comparisons to similar classic murder mysteries a la Christie. That is, clearly, by design.
What surprised me is how much I enjoyed it. The chemistry between Sandler and Aniston is strong and effortless. The banter speaks to a long-lived respect cultivated over years, and easily translates to a commited, married couple. You feel the affection without them being overly-affectionate. It was subtle and intriguing.
The cast of characters were just sterotypical enough to create humor without feeling overdone. Upon meeting Viscount Charles Cavendish, Audrey quips that with a name like that he must be the bad guy. Evans does a lot with the character to both reinforce that notion and disarm the viewer with his charm.
I won’t give away “who dun it.”
Between the effortless comedy, the beautiful European scenery, and the chemistry between the stars, Murder Mystery is one Netflix/Sandler collaboration I can actually recommend.