“Murder Mystery” (2019)

What’s this? An Adam Sandler comedy released in the 2010s that doesn’t suck? What dark magic is this? This mystery comedy is slightly self-aware and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I feel like this film could’ve been smarter and even more sophisticated and witty, if it actually put the effort in it. But does that make this film is bad? Not at all. It does enough of what it needs to do to make for an entertaining ride. It also doesn’t hurt that this film actually has some genuinely funny moments, and a lot of them come about simply because of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s natural chemistry. The mystery is alright, if nothing spectacular. Some parts feel kind of rushed, and I feel like with a better or more tightly written script, this could’ve been something truly great. But believe me, given who’s involved with this project, it definitely could’ve been worse; a lot worse. It’s inoffensive, it’s funny enough, it’s engaging enough, and it’s smart(ish) enough. So, in short, it’s the perfect date night movie. However, that still doesn’t mean I’m willing to forgive director Kyle Newacheck for Game Over, Man!but it’s a start.

Rating: 3.5/5


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