When you see “Adam Sandler” in the leading role’s position, you can predict what kind of movie you will see – Nonsense, funny, harmless, happy ending, just like junk food. And that’s exactly what you should expect for a “Christmas movie”. To add sth more, even the narrator (a.k.a., Adam’s father Marty, in this movie) sounds so much like Santa Clause!
But the writer seems just satisfied with fulfilling all the “Golden Rules” for a Christmas movie (such like no disaster, no death, no RA content, good guy gets the girl finally, etc.), and forgot the basic things for a movie – the story. We understand that they have to make a “mission impossible” to happen, but can’t they just make it happen in a more reasonable way? Even “Home Alone” series did it better than this one. Especially the last 20 min, the story goes wild like a wild horse, making the whole movie a real “bedtime story”, where you can change anything as your wish.
I cannot see any progress in acting from Adam Sandler here. Actually we haven’t seen that for the recent several years already. How far can he go in this way? Even Ben Stiller made some step further in “Night at the Museum”! (No wonder he got a sequel…)
Nothing quite impressive from the supporting roles, just the pubbing daughter of the big boss seems like a clone of Paris Hilton. Rob Schneider guest shows as two small roles, so we can see the two kings of comedy together again. The little nephew and niece are very cute, hope they got some more chances in the future.
From the movie posters and trailers I knew that they will have some “imagined” scenes where Adam is in the shoes of cowboys, Ben-Hur, Star Wars, etc. But in the movie all these scenes appear to be just B-class productions. (They even mistook the amphitheatre to be in Greece! Or maybe it’s just another feature of a bedtime story?) Quite disappointing.
Now I have more reason to expect the coming “Inkheart”. At least, Brandon Fraser is much more professional in such kind of topics.