Human life is one of the toughest lives to live! With so much going on in a person's life and mind, all at the same time can be very hectic sometimes.
Thankfully we have movies to ease the everyday perturbation, especially comedy movies. But busy lives don’t usually allow a person to watch Television and when they finally get the time, Television doesn’t usually offer the best shows or movies. This is where the OTT platforms come to the rescue. Platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, etc. allow us to watch whatever and whenever we want. It provides us with the latest and innumerable amount of content to choose from.
Netflix was launched in India in the year 2016 and has been growing its viewership since. It has become one of the most streamed OTT platforms in India with an estimated 30% increase in the viewership in the country by the end of the year.
The comedy genre collection of Netflix can’t be neglected when talking about Netflix movies. There are many classic cult movies to choose from. When talking about the classic comedy Netflix original movies, Murder Mystery always comes to mind. The movie screams classic!
Murder Mystery and Murder Mystery 2 is one of those films that a person could watch when they can’t decide on a genre. It’s comedy, thriller, and mystery all in one. The iconic duo of Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler brings back all the sweet memories of the early 2000s. Movies like Just Go with It are evergreen and it made the duo forever iconic.
Just Go with It: An Underrated Gem!
Just Go with It is a Hollywood romantic-comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan who also directed Big Daddy and written by Allan Loeb and Timothy Dowling.
The film came in 2011, and though did not receive many positive reviews, it did succeed in making a fair box office collection. The film was produced by Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, and Heather Parry. A lot of people might not know this but the film is a remake of a 1969 film Cactus Flower.
A Hindi remake of Cactus Flower came in 2005 named Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya starring Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Katrina Kaif, Arshad Warsi, and Rajpal Yadav.
Just Go with It stars Adam Sandler and Jenifer Aniston in the lead role with Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Bailee Madison, Nick Swardson, and Griffin Gluck in supporting roles. The story revolves around a plastic surgeon trying to woo a girl with the help of his assistant but in the process falls in love with the assistant itself. The film was originally titled Holiday in Hawaii and then Pretend Wife but later settled with Just Go with It.
Though the film did commercially well at the box office, it received some major setbacks from the critics. Some disparaged it by saying a forced remake of an already-made classic while some also praised Jenifer Aniston for her natural comic timing which saved the film and made it a little bearable to watch!
Murder Mystery: A Future Classic Cult!
Murder Mystery is a franchise whose first part came in 2019 and it's second in 2023.
Murder Mystery is a mystery-comedy film directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt, who is famously known for writing The Amazing Spider-Man. The film stars the comfort duo, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in the lead with Luke Evans, Adeel Akhtar, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Shioli Kutsuna, John Kani, and Dany Boon in the supporting role.
A lighthearted comedy film that starts with a married couple going for their honeymoon but accidentally becomes part of a murder and Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) being an NYPD has to find out who the murderer is. The film revolves around the couple trying to find the real culprit to save themselves from accusations of murder. Though the film received a censorious response from the critics, it did great on the OTT.
According to Netflix, the film was watched by about 30.9 million households in the first seventy-two hours making it the biggest opening weekend for a film in Netflix’s history. According to ‘The Hollywood Reported’, the film is regarded as generic and dull as its title.
Murder Mystery 2
The film's second part was released four years after the first part. Due to the success of the first part, the second was expected to come with an even better script. But it didn’t reach the high expectations of the audience or the standard that it set with the first part. All in all, it was a light-hearted, good-humored film with many impressive action sequels.
The second part was directed by Jeremy Garelick and written by James Vanderbilt who also wrote the first part. The story continues from where it ended in the first part. Another murder takes place and the detective duo takes it in their hand to solve the crime mystery. The film casts some new faces like Melanie Laurent, Enrique Arce, Mark Strong, Kuhoo Verma, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Zurin Villanueva in the supporting roles.
As the story continues in the second part, some of the original cast is kept as it is. One of the biggest reasons why the film did so well in India was the Indian representation in the movie. Maharaja Vikram played by Adeel Akhtar was given more screentime and significance in the second part. The Indian culture is showcased elaborately in the first part of the film as Maharaja’s wedding takes place during it. One of the highlights of the film is the dance sequel during the sangeet. The whole cast dances to Indian songs and does authentic Bollywood moves, a delight for every Indian to watch!
On top of it, the whole cast and crew are in complete Indian attire and jewelry, especially Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, making it the highlight of the whole film. The Indian attires worn by the actors were made by Indian celebrity designer Manish Malhotra which is a big milestone for a designer.
Though critics and their reviews can help a person in finding the best show and movies, it is always an individual who decides whether a particular film or show is worth watching or not. A comfort or classic comedy movie is above any box-office collection or professional critic review.
Edited By- Mariyam Qureshi
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