February 23, 2020
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Typical feel-good Hollywood confectionery that falls flat on its face

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Directed by Frank Coraci

This is typical feel-good Hollywood confectionery that falls flat on its face. Things only get worse because in the lead it has Adam Sandler, who’d possibly be the most juvenile and callow actor. To top it, for fun and laughter, there are some gross gags, farting scenes and a dog who keeps humping stuffed toys. If that can’t put you off, let’s come to the plot. The film’s brimming over with predictable twists and it doesn’t take much to guess how it will end: happily ever after.

Michael (Sandler) is an architect devoted to his job hoping that his boss will one day make him a partner in the firm. He has a great wife and kids but his mind is in a perpetual mess. In a neighbourhood electronic store, he is handed over a universal remote by the eccentric shophand Morty (Walken in bad wig and getup), a device which changes his life forever. The object doesn’t just run all the home appliances but can even reduce the volume of his dog’s bark, can make him fast forward a boring family dinner or skirt a fight with the wife. Life becomes a DVD menu where you have the power to pick what you want by rewinding, forwarding or pausing. But soon the remote gets to control Michael, taking him into the future without allowing him to choose the experiences he wants to live. The message is clear: be gracious, take all that life offers than be a control freak.

The concept never really takes off on screen. Moreover, the only way such presumably uplifting cinema can work is if one feels in some ways for the characters and situations. In Click that would be asking for just a bit too much.

High Fives

1. Lage Raho Munnabhai
2. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
3. Aap Ki Khatir
4. Omkara
5. Krrish

1. Invincible
2. Crank
3. The Wicker Man
4. Little Miss Sunshine
5. The Illusionist

Easy Listening
1. Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix)
2. Tunesmith Retrofit (Kelly Joe Phelps)
3. Nothings Gonna Change...(B. Dickson)
4. Bande A Part (Nouvella Vague)
5. Beyond the Sea (Various Artists)

Courtesy: Film Information

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