Murder Mystery 2
Release Date – 31 Mar 2023
⭐⭐⭐ – 6/10
Availability – Netflix’s
Murder Mystery 2 is a comedy crime film directed by Jeremy Garelick and starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as Nick and Audrey Spitz, a married couple who run a private detective agency. The film is a sequel to the 2019 Netflix hit Murder Mystery, which followed the Spitzes as they got involved in a murder case on a billionaire’s yacht in Europe. In this installment, they are invited to the lavish wedding of their friend Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar) on his private island, where they find themselves in the middle of another whodunnit when Maharaja is kidnapped and his bodyguard is killed.
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The film tries to recapture the charm and humor of the original but falls short on both counts. The plot is predictable and full of clichés, the jokes are stale and forced, and the action scenes are over-the-top and unrealistic. The chemistry between Sandler and Aniston is still there, but they are given little to work with in terms of witty dialogue or character development. The supporting cast is wasted as well, with talented actors like Mélanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, Mark Strong, and Dany Boon reduced to playing stereotypes and caricatures.
Murder Mystery 2 is a disappointing follow-up to a surprisingly enjoyable comedy. It lacks the freshness and fun of the first film and instead relies on recycled gags and explosions to fill up its runtime. It might appeal to die-hard fans of Sandler and Aniston, but for others, it is a forgettable and mediocre affair.