Sunday, February 14, 2016

Movie review: The Cobbler

Max is a simple cobbler, fixing shoes for the masses. When he stumbles upon an antique that allows him to assume the identity of the person whose shoes he is wearing Max finds life can be much more interesting.

Adam Sandler (Max), Steve Buscemi (Jimmy), Melonie Diaz (Carmen), Lynn Cohen (Sarah), Method Man (Leon), Fritz Weaver (Mr. Solomon), Dustin Hoffman (Abraham), Ellen Barkin (Elaine).

The Cobbler is a simple but interesting premise; wearing others shoes Max can assume their identity. Those around him see the owner, not Max. While the plot is interesting and the story moves along pretty well, the comedy is a bit light and infrequent. Thankfully the story weaves in a few parallel plot lines which do well at keeping things interesting, and light.

Acting was pretty good with Sandler delivering his usual sarcasm laden dialogue and unconvincing innocence. Buscemi was enjoyable as always but with a smaller role and much less humor. Diaz was enjoyable, as was Method Man and Weaver. Hoffman was a nice addition and Barkin rocked it as an antagonist.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and fit the film while also being somewhat bland and boring. Action scenes were mild but fun. Dialogue was good, despite the lack of expected humor, with nice depth. Sound and soundtrack were good.

At the end of the day The Cobbler may fail a bit as a comedy, but it does fairly well as a drama. Sandler and friends are proving they can do more than comedy but, they are sure better at the comedy. Sandler fans may enjoy this one, along with those who enjoy a milder drama.

With some crotch humor, sexuality, and mild violence this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 2.4.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedies, Dramas, Independent Dramas

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