Right now, Adam Sandler is very much a Bovril comedian. You either hate him, or love him and realise that you have great taste. The thing is, Sandler the comedic actor and Sandler the more down to Earth dramatic actor are two very different thespians. Take a look at Punch Drunk Love, which showed off that Sandler did indeed have some real skill beneath all the toilet humour jokes that had defined him. In The Cobbler, it looks like Sandler is combining those two sides of his acting, and I like what I’m seeing so far.
THE COBBLER is a warm and character-driven comedy that plays to the strengths of Adam Sandler’s and Thomas McCarthy’s most commercial successes. Sandler plays a 4th generation shoe-maker who discovers a magical sewing machine in his father’s basement that allows him to transform into other people by wearing their shoes. Similar in theme to Tom Hanks’ BIG, TRADING PLACES, and 13 GOING ON 30, THE COBBLER provides the perfect vehicle for Sandler to exhibit his endearing and selfless boyish charm, taking him on a voyage of self-discovery and learning the importance of family via the magic of “walking a mile in another man’s shoes.” A journey that results not only in changing himself, but the world around him.
Mostly because it seems like the comedy is being handled by other actors, leaving Sandler to handle the heavier load of the film. It actually looks downright charming, and might be the first film starring little Nicky that doesn’t get massively panned. The Cobbler also stars Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman.
Thomas “The Station Agent” McCarthy directs.
Last Updated: November 13, 2014