It's been a while since we've tried to do a movie night around here. We decided to crank it back up again. This is something we started a couple years ago. Since Sunday evening TV was fairly dull and it was usually a time when the whole family was home we made use of it. Dinner is finger foods, cheese, crackers, hummus and pita, veggies, whatever. And we use our Netflix movie subscription for the program. I really enjoy it and we've seen a wide variety of movies.
Tonight's selection was one I had reservations about but it seemed to get some decent reviews from people. The professional critics weren't so nice. The movie is "Click" starring Adam Sandler. My reservations begin and end right there. Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Jim Carrey, "top" movie comics that do virtually nothing for me. But Ferrell's "Anchorman" wasn't bad, I like Carrey in "Liar, Liar" and "The Majestic", and I loved "School of Rock" with Black (heck he was even bearable in "King Kong"). Sandler didn't suck in "Spanglish" so I thought maybe I'd like this one.
I agree with the pros.
Actually I think they were too nice. Trapped deep in a dark dungeon, bound and gagged, chained to the floor of this movie is a good idea trying to escape. It never made it. Sandler sticks with his usual 12 year old boy humor and shows he has absolutely NO chops as a serious actor at all. Surrounded by a pretty fair supporting cast every time Sandler tries something serious he simply sucks. He's awful. Flat, unbelievable. He manages to do love scenes with Kate Beckinsale and look like he's kissing his sister.
Some of the funny stuff he carries off pretty well. When he gets out of the way of the concept of the movie it almost starts to roll. But then he Adam Sandlers it and it whimpers and collapses.
The concept of suddenly having "control" of your universe was much better done in "Bruce Almighty". I did connect with the idea that it's easy to just fast forward through our lives. To get so caught up in the "work" that you miss big swathes of the important stuff. I'm sorry to say that I did some of that in my own life.
It could have been such a good movie. But not with Adam Sandler. This would have been great for a young Tom Hanks maybe.
Too bad. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen. But it's closer to the bottom than the top.