Cliff "Method Man" Smith
March 13, 2015
1 hour 38 minutes
Two films starring comedy megastar Adam Sandler made their debut at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. The first one was Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," and well, it wasn't as good as it should have been. The second one, on the other hand, seemed to have more of an impact on people, but not in a good way. That film is "The Cobbler," brought to us from writer/director Tom McCarthy, who made the 2011 indie gem "Win Win." The film takes the term "walk in another man's shoes" and puts it to a literal effect, as Sandler plays a New York cobbler who stumbles upon a magical machine that lets him become other people simply by putting on their shoes. This film was slammed by critics upon its debut, and since then I have had several friends tell me it's among their least favorite films of 2015 thus far. Obviously the temptation to see it grew, so I waited, and the opportunity presented itself. But I have to ask, is it really as bad as many people have made it out to be? Well I personally don't think so.
The tone might have been inconsistent, there might have been one too many subplots present, and the ending might have been absolutely ridiculous, but I found it hard to not be taken in by the genuine sweetness and charm that the movie had. Adam Sandler is giving it his all here, and the story as a whole was interesting enough to keep my attention. It's definitely not one of Sandler's best movies, but I don't believe it deserves to have been as panned as it has been. There are far worse films from his library to bash on, so why not just do that? "Jack and Jill" and "Zookeeper" havent't had a good bashing on in a few years after all. I'm glad Sandler's stepping out of his usual schtick of films, and if he does more unique projects like "The Cobbler," even if they're just as poorly received as this has been, consider me on board for every single one of them.