In the last few years we have grown accustomed to Adam Sandler movies being awful or at least not up to par with his previous work. We are so used to not watching his new movies that it’s practically muscle memory for audience and past fans to slate everything new he tries and wonder what happened to the man whose work we adored.
The Cobbler starts off with an interesting premise and we are thrown in this fantasy world with a vintage funny Adam Sandler (doesn’t last long) accompanied by great music by Nick Urata and John Debney. The music is probably the best part of the movie and whenever it gets going it sets the tempo, the whole thing feels more enjoyable and the only half laughs and smiles come with that.
Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi don’t have too much to do, but when they appear on screen they seem to make the movie a lot more interesting and they deliver the mediocre lines with some much needed charisma. Come the second half of the picture, even Sandler can’t keep his character interesting, he starts fading off and the movie seems to do much better whenever he is not in a scene. The movie fails even in its core and more pure sense of delivering a message about solidarity and the togetherness within a community.
The Cobbler is held together by great music and a good cast that that does a good job to get the most out of the little its given to work with. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t as bad as Jack & Jill, that’s for sure (that would take a huge effort to pull off) and it does provide a few chuckles. However in the end it fails to provide what it most certainly feels the director Thomas McCarthy and fellow script writer Paul Sado set out to do, a caring character that will touch audiences and earn their affection.