I will hold my hands up and admit that all of Adam Sandler’s movies fall very firmly into the B-movie category and Murder Mystery is no exception. However, sometimes a hard-hitting, thought provoking intellectual masterpiece is not what you want when you fancy a good old fashioned duvet day, and in that respects, Sandler is always a solid choice.
After fifteen years of marriage, failed New York detective Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife, Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) on a honeymoon to Europe. On the flight, they meet the charming English man, Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans) who invites them to his family’s yacht for a dream trip to Monaco that quickly turns into a nightmare.
Murder Mystery does exactly what it says on the tin, capitalising of the ‘who-dunnit’ clichés of the genre made famous by the likes of Agatha Christie’s, Poirot. The typical Sandler posse is replaced by the likes of Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton and Adeel Akhtar, giving the typical Sandler comedy a slightly smarter edge.
The film is fast paced, and has some surprisingly well shot action sequences, including a high-octane car chase through a picturesque Italian village. For me, there was a surprising amount of intrigue throughout, however I am someone who likes to enjoy the journey, rather than trying to guess the ending. The humour, a staple of a Sandler feature, is a little more understated and intellectual than what we are used to from him, but that is by no means a bad thing.
Ultimately, this is a film that does not take itself too seriously, but offers up a finer affair than Sandler’s usual work, so if you fancy a duvet day you should definitely consider checking this one out, at a little over ninety minutes, you can’t really go wrong.
Have you seen it? Let me know your thoughts.