From Adam Sandler comes the Netflix comedy Murder Mystery. For fans of the genre, and starring Jennifer Aniston, the film is one of the most watched on the streaming platform.
But before we delve into whether this is a decent addition to the already impressive list of murder mysteries, let's take a look at what it's all about.
What Is Murder Mystery About?
The title pretty much nails the concept of the movie but there is a little more to it.
Loosely based on the Agatha Christie book Murder on Orient Express, Murder Mystery stars Sandler, who plays a New York cop, Nick Spitz.
For their 15th wedding anniversary, Nick decides to bring his wife Audrey (Aniston) on a trip of a lifetime, a European vacation. Audrey thinks they can afford it as Nick has been promoted to detective. Except he hasn't. He failed the exam again but can't bring himself to tell her.
So the two pack their bags, and on the flight, Audrey gets chatting with the enigmatic billionaire Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans), who invites the couple on board his family yacht.
Things are going relatively well until the billionaire and family patriarch Malcolm Quince (Terence Stamp) announces that his new wife Suzi will be the only one to receive his inheritance.
Before he can sign his new will, the lights go out and come back on to reveal Quince dead in the middle of the room, stabbed with a dagger.
Before the night ends, another guest is found dead. As the yacht pulls into Monte Carlo, all fingers are pointed squarely at Audrey and Nick as the two outsiders.
And so begins the Murder Mystery in question. The hapless couple must now outwit the real murderer and save themselves in the process.
Can Nick put his detective skills to use or will it be Audrey and her love of murder mystery novels that saves the day?
Murder Mystery Official Trailer
Is Murder Mystery Worth Watching?
Mystery films are big business, and this movie plays out like most traditional mystery movies. The murder scenario and the potential suspects are contained on the yacht. So one of them is definitely the culprit.
There is Quince's son Tobey (David Walliams) – the sole heir to the fortune. Charles Cavendish was also in for a hefty slice of the inheritance. Plus, there are a series of other lower-level characters, all of whom have a valid reason for wanting Malcolm dead.
And while Murder Mystery is a comedy first and foremost, it does border on the ridiculous. Nobody is expecting a serious movie from Sandler, but this is really over the top. Sherlock Holmes it ain't!
However, that said, the chemistry between Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston (Wanderlust) is top notch as always. They are so good together that you can sort of overlook the terrible script.
Murder Mystery is a goofball, light-hearted movie that is really funny in places. Is it the greatest Adam Sandler movie ever made? No. However, it is a laugh and at least you know what you're getting!
Murder Mystery Movie Cast
Adam Sandler as Nick Spitz, a New York police officer and Audrey's husband
Jennifer Aniston as Audrey Spitz, a hairdresser, murder mystery novel enthusiast and Nick's wife
Luke Evans as Charles Cavendish, an aristocrat
Terence Stamp as Malcolm Quince, an elderly billionaire, Charles uncle
Gemma Arterton as Grace Ballard, an actress
David Walliams as Tobey Quince
Dany Boon as Inspector de la Croix
John Kani as Colonel Ulenga
Adeel Akhtar as Maharajah
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Entrapped) as Sergei