Murder Mystery, a mystery-comedy that debuted on Netflix on June 14th broke viewing records for the platform over it’s opening weekend.
It’s no secret that Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison hasn’t had the best of luck in recent years. The last movie I watched prior to Murder Mystery was Pixels which came out in 2015. I hadn’t even planned on watching it, I was at the movie theater to watch Paper Towns but I didn’t make it in time and had to go with a different movie. I still haven’t watched Paper Towns.
Here comes the tricky part. I won’t be doing a plot synopsis because that would be counterproductive to the whole point of the movie being a mystery. It all boils down to Nick and Audrey Spitz, a married couple who have been together for fifteen years. Upon their honeymoon, Nick promises to take Audrey to Europe. When she calls him out on it on their 15th anniversary, he lies and says it had been his plan all along and she ruined the surprise. They get swept up in well, a murder mystery. If you like the movie Clue (1985) then you’d like the mystery aspects of it all. There are undoubtedly very cheesy moments, which has become the calling card for Adam Sandler movies.
I was surprised to see Gemma Arterton in this film, playing Grace Ballard, an actress. The last film I remember seeing Arterton in it was Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Which, by the way, is another film that I find really entertaining. I’m not a hard person to please when it comes to movies unless they are based on books that I love.
All in all though, it was interesting and lighthearted. It wasn’t a movie that someone should take too seriously.