Murder Mystery (2019)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA, 2019, , , Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by , , , , James Vanderbilt, Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .  

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler play a couple well past the hottest period of their marriage, she’s bored of her career as a hairdresser and he has been unsuccessful in his attempt to go from beat cop to detective. She has long had a dream of them taking a trip to Europe and he, to avoid her finding out about his failing the detective exam, springs for the tickets. Midflight, Aniston accidentally wanders into the first class lounge, meeting a handsome millionaire () who invites them to ditch their planned bus tour and come on his yacht instead, which they accept, plunging themselves into a rarefied world of the rich and famous. Their delight turns sour, though, when their first night on the boat ends in the murder of Evans’ magnificently wealthy uncle (Terence Stamp) who, true to the dictates of dinner theatre murder mysteries, is stabbed during a momentary blackout in the dining room.  This immediately places suspicion on the assortment of characters attending the event, including an actress, a Russian bodyguard, an Indian prince, an African colonel, the deceased’s greedy wife and gay son, Evans himself and, eventually thanks to twists of the plot, our heroic couple. Trying to solve the murder and get themselves out of trouble, our stars also wander the Riviera in this sunny and appealing comedy that goes for easy jokes but is never stupid, honest about the fact that it plays more like an adaptation of Clue than Agatha Christie and always keeping its eye on its desire to deliver plenty of light fun. The idea of Jennifer Aniston as a bland working-class woman who has never seen wealth before is laughable to the point of almost being offensive, but she delivers enough of her trademark timing and charisma to sell the experience all the same.

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