Monday, April 17, 2023

Murder Mystery 2 (2023)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: Murder Mystery 2 (2023)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Length:  1h 30min
Rating: PG-13
Production/Distribution: Echo Films, Endgame Entertainment, Happy Madison Productions, Mythology Entertainment, Netflix, Splashprod, Vinson Films
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Writers: James Vanderbilt
Actors: Adam Sandler, Adeel Akhtar, Annie Mumolo, Carlos Ponce, Dany Boon, Enrique Arce, Jennifer Aniston, Jillian Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, John Kani, Kuhoo Verma, Larry Myo Leong, Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, Tony Goldwyn, Zurin Villanueva
IMDb Blurb: Full-time detectives Nick and Audrey are struggling to get their private eye agency off the ground. They find themselves at the center of international abduction when their friend Maharaja, is kidnapped at his own lavish wedding.
Cat’s Point of View:
These days, watching an Adam Sandler (The Week Of, Uncut Gems, Hustle) comedy is a bit like playing roulette. (The dramas have been fire lately, though.) You never know until you watch his movie whether or not it’ll turn out okay. In the case of Murder Mystery 2, I’d say that it was better than I thought it would be. My expectations, however, were not very high. 

I really enjoyed the trailer for Murder Mystery 2 and felt like it hinted at some great moments that would add up to a fun experience. I just hoped it didn’t give all of the best bits away so there were no surprises. The trailer gave a lot away. Thankfully, however, it didn’t spoil the whole thing.

It’s been a little bit since I watched the teasers, thankfully, so I watched the movie fairly fresh. I probably enjoyed the surprise of a few moments a lot better due to my memory lapse than if I had the imagery fresh on my mind from the trailer. 

That being said, Murder Mystery 2 was fun. I laughed and was fairly impressed at the action that they packed into the story. Sandler isn’t the first actor you think about when action is involved, after all. Mark Strong (1917, Cruella, Nocebo), on the other hand, helped lend some ‘action cred’ to a few of those scenes. 

Jennifer Aniston (Cake, Storks, The Morning Show) and Sandler’s characters were very relatable as a married couple and their chemistry was fabulous. I’ve been married over 20 years, and I could identify with some of their banter and frustrations with each other on a nearly visceral level. At the same time, it was funny and a respectful take on couples squabbling that didn’t delve into darkness. 

I also absolutely adored the Bollywood-like segment of the production. I enjoy a good Bollywood film now and again for all of the costumes and dance choreography. It’s fun and interesting to watch. 

Overall, Murder Mystery 2 wasn’t changing the world, but it was a fun ride. I’d definitely recommend anyone that enjoyed the first movie to check out this sequel. 
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 45%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 49%
Metascore – 44%
Metacritic User Score – 5/10
IMDB Score – 5.6/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3.5/5

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