This one's worth checking out.

Weak humour; otherwise pretty good

Sandler as Newman, enjoying a new toy.

If you’ve read all of my blog you’ve probably noticed how much I don’t like Adam Sandler-movies. I’ve always found him more annoying than funny, although I suspect that beneath his irritating surface there is actual talent.

 Click is a film that proves two things: that Sandler is not funny but that Sandler is a good actor. I’ll tell you right away that this film has a very drastic and somewhat pointless mood switch around the third act, where it switches from a typical Sandler-comedy and becomes one of the saddest films I’ve seen.

Sandler plays Michael Newman, a married architect with two children, who dislikes his overbearing boss Mr. Ammer (David Hasselhoff), is annoyed by the occasional, messy family dinners he has to endure and is sometimes forced to ignore his family and focus on his work. One day, however, everything changes – Newman pays a visit to Bed, Bath and Beyond where he encounters the mysterious Morty, played by the great Christopher Walken, inventor of a special remote control. A “universal” one, Morty says.

Universal, indeed – with this remote Newman can control everything in his life, basically. He uses it to fast-forward past family dinners and sexual intercourse with his wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale), mute his dog, to make things appear in slow-motion (such as a jogging woman with big breasts, of course), to change things around him such as language and colors, to pause everything so that he can fart in Hasselhoffs face (Hilarious, right?) and also look at the ‘Making of…’ which means he has to watch his mother (Julie Kavner) and father (Henry Winkler) do you-know-what.

Morty warns Newman of one thing, however, and we know that Newman’s not gonna litsen: when he skips ahead he only does so to his mind, and the body does all the everyday-stuff Newman thus avoids. The remote also learns from Newman and skips certain things for him.

Morty (Walken) presenting his remote to Newman.

He is therefore transported six years into the future at one point and ends up in a time where he may be successful, but has apparently ignored his family almost completely; Donna has married his son’s swimming coach Bill (Sean Astin), his son has started to turn into him and his father has passed away. This is where the comedy begins to die and the same can be said about Newman, who starts to grow old and weak.

Sandler annoys me most of time, as per usual, but gives a suprisingly strong performance in the sad parts of the movie. Perhaps the sad bits only exist to show us what Sandler is truly capable of and what kind of films he should be cast in?

Click is smart in its premise but not in its humour; I like the idea but not the jokes. As a clever but rather sad science-fiction film (with Christopher Walken, no less) it actually works, but as a comedy it has little to offer. The idea of a man ruining his own life by speeding through things for the sake of work, consequently skipping caring for his own family; I really like how that sounds. A movie where Adam Sandler jumps up on a desk and farts in David Hasselhoff’s face – I don’t like how that sounds.

Do I recommend this film? Yes, I actually do; it is a movie which would normally recieve 2.5 or 3 “points” or whatever from me, but since it features Christopher Walken, doing what he does best: being Christopher Walken, it jumps right up to a 3.5! It should also be seen because, if you put all the comedy aside, it is a pretty clever film, not to mention touching. I hardly believe I’m writing this, but Click gets a thumbs-up!

I hope Sandler realizes his true talent before his career ends. I hope he starts giving more dramatic performances, because he is genuinely good at portraying sad characters. More annoying characters with unfunny behaviour and a speech-impediment? No thanks, Monsieur; my cup has already run over.

Yes, I gave a Sandler-film a positive review. Get a good look, ‘cuz it probably won’t happen again.

3.5/5

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