Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) is a New York cop that takes his wife Audrey Spitz (Jennifer Aniston) on a long awaited European trip in an attempt to reinvigorate their relatively stale marriage but instead, the pair end up tangled in the middle of a murder case after witnessing the death of an elderly billionaire. A solid Adam Sandler comedy flick that contained 2 or 3 genuine laugh out loud moments but probably isn’t something you’ll be watching again anytime soon.
Director: Kyle Newacheck
Writers: James Vanderbilt
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans
It has to be said that Murder Mystery is a surprisingly good movie that takes place against an at times, stunning backdrop. The story was simple to follow and comprehend throughout as the filmmakers made this as easy as they could to grasp what was going on at all times for the viewer, with the majority of the movie taking place on a beautiful super yacht. The stylish and equally as exotic setting across Europe and aboard the yacht itself really added to the movies worth, making it extremely easy on the eye.
For sure, at times it was far-fetched and a tad unrealistic, but in a world of comedy where nothing is off limits, what else should we expect. One of the main characters (Audrey) even finds herself racing against (and beating) a successful Formula 1 Grand Prix driver at one stage and the sheer incompetency from the French detective, drafted in to investigate the murder surrounding the movie, was at times cringe-worthy.
For a large majority of the movie, it was a classic “whodunnit” where as a viewer, you were left wondering who actually committed the murder that was witnessed by many. The two lead characters, Nick and Audrey, did really well in terms of being relatable to the viewer as the everyday American couple that somehow found themselves on a boat with some of the richest people in the world. A dream come true for many as originally a dream come true for the Spitz duo.
In terms of acting and casting, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston showed very good chemistry from the off and the rest of the cast were funny and well placed throughout with nobody looking particularly out of place. There was even an appearance from David Walliams which was great to see and was sure to put a smile on any British viewers face. Other support came in the form of Luke Evans who played Charles Cavendish and Gemma Atherton who did a great job as Grace Ballard.
With the above being said, it’s probably safe to say however, that this movie wouldn’t have fared too well if it had been given a cinematic release, but in the world of Netflix, this does no shame on the comedy genre and their library of movies on a whole. Murder Mystery is currently streaming on the platform.
“Will you listen to my husband, he’s a detective!”Audrey Spitz – Murder Mystery