It’s safe to say that Adam Sandler has lost some of his favour with audiences. Yes, he still has his fans, but that number is dwindling. Why? People are growing tired of his routine (the angry shouting guy), which he seemingly refuses the change-up. Even with that being considered, a lot of people, myself included, know that he has a lot to offer, especially in dramatic roles. So, when a film like The Cobbler comes along, it might not even register on some people’s radars, but for me, it was an exciting opportunity to see something quite rare – a good performance from Adam Sandler.
So this film is a comedy, but it’s one of those comedies that’s actually a drama in disguise, like other recent star vehicles Top Five and St. Vincent. The Cobbler follows Sandler’s Max, who is rather unsurprisingly a cobbler, who discovers a magical cobbling machine (that’s definitely not what it’s called) that allows anybody who uses it to take the physical form of the person whose shoes they were fixing, therefore quite literally allowing them to walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes. I know, it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s a pretty interesting and unique idea.
This idea does of course lend itself to some funny scenes early on, in particular the first time Max finds out that he now has this power. While these moments have some throwaway laughs, it’s the later stages of the film that really shine. Without wanting to ruin a plot point that’s actually made quite obvious early on in the film, it does go to some very serious places.
So now, on to what everybody wants to know. Adam Sandler is excellent in this film. I mean really, really good. I can’t imagine anybody else playing this role as well as he did. For those people who are big fans and Blended, Jack and Jill, Grown Ups, That’s my Boy and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, you may not enjoy this film, but anybody looking for a well made small story that’s surprisingly good might just enjoy this Adam Sandler film. There. I said it.
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