Murder Mystery

30 Days with Netflix – Murder Mystery

Adam Sandler and Jennifer reunite after eight years in the new Netflix comedy-mystery film titled “Murder Mystery.”

Unlike the 2011 romantic comedy, “Just Go With It,” nobody’s heart needs fixing. Just a murder case which is hanging over the heads of the Spitz.

Sandler and Aniston star as Nick and Audrey Spitz, a couple who have been married for fifteen. Nick is a New York City cop who is yet to pass his exams in order to become an investigator. Audrey on the other hand is a hairdresser. But she loves reading crime-mystery books. To mark their anniversary, the couple embark on a holiday to Europe. It is Audrey’s dream holiday. Nick promised her that they would fly first class. On getting on board, Audrey realises that they are flying economy and it is disappointing. During the flight, whilst Nick is asleep, she becomes bored. So, she wonders off into first class where she meets billionaire Charles Cavendish (Luke Cage).

Cavendish is a viscount and engages Audrey in a conversation. He invites the Spitz’s to join him on his family yacht in France. They would be a party to celebrate his uncle – Malcolm Quince’s (Terence Stamp) upcoming wedding to Cavendish’s former fianceé, Suzi. It does not feel right. Initially, Nick declines. But when he sees the chaos on their pre-booked tour bus, he accepts Cavendish’s offer.

When they arrive on the yacht, the Spitz’s meet actress Grace Ballard. Former Bond Girl Gemma Arterton portrays Ballard. South African actor and director, John Kani plays Colonel Ulenga and Luis Gerardo Méndez is race car driver Juan Carlos Rivera. They are also on board.

No sooner than the Spitz get on board did Nick’s instincts prove right because Quince gets murdered. Nick and Audrey find themselves in the middle of the investigation.

“Murder Mystery” follows the Agatha Christie-style murder investigation formula but with a modern setting. Everyone aboard Quince’s yacht is a suspect. Some suspects are also murdered. The isolated murders further complicate the investigation. Audrey uses lessons learned from reading crime mystery books to assist Nick resolve the case.

Sandler stays true to his dry humour comedic style. As does Aniston. Yet, the most exciting thing about this movie are the beautiful European locations. Because though Sandler and Aniston are comedy faves, “Murder Mystery” movie is kind of dull. It lacked a spark and chemistry among the cast. 


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