The Netflix exclusive "Murder Mystery 2" creates a new murder mystery for us to watch. Once again, we get to see the Spitzes comedically role through another case.
Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) and Nick Spitz (Adam Sandler) have quit their jobs and decided to become full-time detectives after their success in solving the murders in the first "Murder Mystery" movie. They don't appear to be having any success until their friend, The Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar), invites them to his wedding. Another crime ensues, causing Audrey and Nick Spitz to be thrust into detective mode, but this one's personal.
The movie is incredibly comedic. It was difficult to take my eyes off of the screen with hilarious lines like, "you ate an entire block of cheese?" "we're going to make dinner plans once he's out of the hospital," and "are you aiming at him or are you aiming at me?!" The sets, lights, and camera angles seemed to be perfect for the tonal shifts between suspense and comedy. "Murder Mystery 2" brings up morbid topics like murder in a way that is truly funny.
While it's a comedy, there was a clear, character-driven plot filled with suspense. The casting was great for our new characters, SAS Commander Miller (Mark Strong), Claudette, (Mélanie LaurentCountess Sekou (Jodie Turner-Smith
There were a couple of times when the comedy was insensitive, so keep that in mind; it is a comedy about violent acts like murder, after all. There is also a time in the film in which a phallic image is shown, so keep that in mind if you're sensitive to it. Sexual harassment and amputation are also used for comedic relief, which is important to be mindful of, too.
The film also ends on a cliffhanger, which can be frustrating when Netflix hasn't guaranteed a third film that they've clearly set up for. I, personally, didn't find the cliffhanger to be infuriating, but I can see how it could upset others.
"Murder Mystery 2" is just what we needed. A comedic break is necessary, especially around finals. Every moment felt entertaining and necessary. With the cliffhanger, this sequel has the potential to begin a trilogy, if not an entirely dark, comedic franchise. Altogether, I would rate "Murder Mystery 2" as an 8/10. I wouldn't say that it's as good as the first one, but it built off of the first movie well and provides an entertaining viewing experience.
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