Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Click (Frank Coraci, 2006) Review

Today we're looking at an Adam Sandler movie. No, wait, COME BACK! I can assure you that this one isn't like his other ones. Yes, I agree he has done some terrible films (Jack & Jill being the worst...*shudder*) but can you believe that he actually made some entertaining films. Waterboy is an example of an Adam Sandler film done right but some people think that the character is stupid. So let's look at a film where he's being as normal as possible. Is this one of the good ones? Let's find out!

Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is a workaholic family man who puts work before family in order to please his boss (David Hasselhoff). Because he lacks time to cover both work and family, he wishes that he had a remote that controlled his life. Enter Morty (Christopher Walken), a bizzare man who gives Michael a universal remote. Michael simply believes it just controls devices but quickly learns that it can control his life too. He can fast forward, skip, mute and even change the language of his life. He enjoys every moment of it until the remote goes horribly wrong.

My God is this an emotional film. I went in thinking that this was just a stupid comedy film but it's really not. It's a surprisingly serious film (that's not to say there's no humour. This is Adam Sandler after all) that almost borders on depressing towards the end. I'm not going to give it away but this is definetly on my list of saddest films. I think that makes it better though and proves that Sandler can do more than just be stupid. Christopher Walken is his usual zany self and adds to the surreal world o fthe film (well, the remote is the surreal thing). Hasselhoff is surprisingly funny but mostly at his own expense. Michael's parents (Henry Winker and Julie Kavner) are very good characters, Winkler especially. Those two are one of the highlights of the film. Kate Beckinsale as Micheal's wife, Donna, is a bit generic for a wife character but Beckinsale does a good job none the less.

One of the best things abotu the film, and the main reason I like it, is just seeing what things the remote can do and how Michael uses these features. It normally leads to some hilarious moments and it's a clever idea that I dont think had been done before (I may be wrong about that what with living in a world where we get one original film a year). The plot provides some great twists and turns and, honestly, is in my top 10 favourite films. So, yeah, I enjoyed this.

Click was a very suprisingly film. I honestly thought that it would only be good for a quick laugh and, while it is pretty funny, it's much more than that. It's a deep film that provides some excellent emotional moments. The cast do a good job and the writing is very well done. It's not for everyone as there is still some Sandler-esque humour (and those who cry when watching films...) but all in all, it was a good film I will gladly watch again.

An enjoyable film that doesn't a lot of things right. The premise is unique, the cast is good and is surpisingly deep.

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