Film review: Murder Mystery
Synopsis:A New York cop and his wife go on a European holiday and are framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire.
As the title suggests, Murder Mystery is centred around the murder mystery of an eccentric billionaire.
In typical Adam Sandler film fashion, his character Nick Spitz and wife Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) are out of their depth, but must figure out who committed the murder of Malcolm Quince (Terence Stamp) to clear their names.
The duo become prime suspects in the billionaire’s murder after being the only Americans aboard the yacht where Quince was murdered following an invitation from his mysterious nephew Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans).
The ensemble cast is among the few highlights of the film, with the likeable Aniston and Sandler reuniting for the first time since Just Go with It.
The film also stars Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton and Terence Stamp, who each excel in their stereotypical roles of the mysterious stranger, socialite and angry billionaire.
Of the Sandler films currently streaming on Netflix as part of his multi-picture deal, Murder Mystery is the strongest one, but that isn’t saying much when the competition is the critically-panned Ridiculous Six and The Week Of.
Where Murder Mystery comes unstuck is the entertainment factor. The individual elements are passable, but the end is so generic that the film will predominately suit those just looking to kill 90 minutes of their day.
Murder Mystery features the type of inoffensive fun that will please fans of Sandler and Aniston, but others might find it hard to engage with or understand the humour.
Director Kyle Newacheck, best known for his work on Game Over, Man and Workaholics, delivers his typical style of juvenile humour that fits very well with Sandler’s but the other elements of the film, including the action and mystery, feel underdeveloped.
With the glut of films and television shows currently available on Netflix, Murder Mystery isn’t something that demands immediate viewing or viewing at all, but there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes.
Final verdict: 2.5/5
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams.
If you liked the movie, try:
The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Big Daddy, Blended, Grown Ups, Just Go with It and 50 First Dates.
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