The Cobbler – ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
When Adam Sandler mixes drama with his humour, there can be very very good results. When he just tries to do comedy, I personally don’t find it works, the humour is just too juvenile for me. Mix in the drama, and you can have gold, Big Daddy was a great example of this, and now so is The Cobbler.
Max Simkin (Sandler) repairs shoes in a New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the daily grind but still making it through the days, Max encounters a cross section of the New York population, but finds that he doesn’t really know any of them. One day Max is pressured into a rush job by a customer (Cliff “Method Man” Smith), but before he can finish the job, his stitching machine breaks down. Resorting to his basement he uses an antique, hand operated stitcher that belonged to his father. The rush repair complete, he waits for the customer who doesn’t show up. On a whim, Max tries on the shoes and is magically transformed into their owner. Max discovers that he can become anybody, if he repairs their shoes on his machine. Using the magic of the shoes to live others’ lives at first to have fun and then to make a difference in his neighbourhood, Max steps into the lives of his customers and sees the world in a new way.
I really couldn’t say if The Cobbler was a drama with some comedy or a comedy with some drama. Either way it was quite good and a lot better than any Sandler film I’ve ever seen. It played to his strengths, and didn’t just do “dumb” humour. The supporting cast were quite good as well, with Ellen Barkin as a ruthless real estate developer, Steve Buscemi as the barber next to Max’s shoe shop, and Dustin Hoffman as Max’s long absent father. It was a well done scene when Sandler becomes his father through the magic of the shoes to bring a little bit of joy to his aging mother (Lynn Cohen). Melonie Diaz also did a good job as the community activist who opens Max’s eyes to the problems in the neighbourhood around him. The Cobbler definitely felt like a fairy tale and almost like a super hero film. I definitely saw the “reveal” at the end of the film a mile away, but still it was enjoyable.
Bottom Line: Enjoyable, but I still scratch my head at a lot of these films where the audience is supposed to believe the plausibility of the implied romantic sub-plot. Would 31 year old Diaz be a realistic romantic interest for 49 year old Sandler? It seems to happen more often in comedies, but really, how come these older actors can’t be cast against actresses of similar age for their love interests?
Posted on 15-06-15, in 4 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Adam Sandler, Cliff 'Method Man' Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin, Leon Ludlow, Lynn Cohen, Melonie Diaz, Method Man, Steve Buscemi, The Cobbler. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.