Murder Mystery 2
Comedy. Suspense. Action.
A ctors Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston return in Netflix’s ‘Murder Mystery 2’, which is a sequel to the 2019 film directed by Jeremy Garelic.
The first version of the film revolved around Nick and Audrey Spitz, a New York City police officer and his wife, who discover themselves solving an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery while on a European vacation. Both actors first appeared together in ‘Just Go with It,’ a 2011 American romantic comedy. With their combined decades of comedy experience, Sandler and Aniston are certainly skilled at delivering a wonderful performance.
The sequel starts with a brief recap of the original before transitioning into an oddly hurried scenario about the Spitzes opening a private detective agency that gives the impression that we missed a mandatory adventure. Soon after, they receive an invitation to the wedding of the Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar), their extremely wealthy friend from the previous film, which will be held on his private tropical island. The other guests include the Maharaja’s philanthropist sister Saira (Kuhoo Verma), his stunning French fiancée Claudette (Mélanie Laurent), her best friend Countess Sekou (Jodie Turner-Smith), the countess’ assistant Imani (Zurin Villanueva), the randy Francisco (Enrique Arce), who hits on every woman that moves, and the Namibian Colonel.
It goes without saying that when the Maharaja is abducted and a ransom of $50 million is demanded, almost all of them become suspects. The ultra-macho M16 hostage negotiator (Mark Strong) who actually wrote the detective handbook that the Spitzes studied to start their agency swims in to help solve the crime. As a result of Sandler’s desire to treat his friends and family with yet another luxurious, expense-paid vacation, the trail eventually ends in Paris. There they run into Inspector Delacroix (Dany Boon), who resembles Clouseau and is best known for his ability to blow flawless smoke rings.
The only genuine amusement comes from Sandler and Aniston’s casual asides, and from her perfectly timed slow-burn reactions, which are all too frequently overshadowed by the overdone mayhem around them.
Bringing back the right amount of comedy, suspense and action together, the film Murder Mystery 2 gives viewers a renewed hope for sticking with Netflix despite its poor services and impending release of more similar content. It’s an 80-minute film that is highly recommended and is equally entertaining for a weekend night.
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