Movie Title: Click
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (7/10)
Click official site: http://www.controlyouruniverse.com/
A universal remote control that controls the universe. Everything and anything. No manuals attached. No batteries needed. Ah… it sounds just so good. It’s a temptation humans can’t resist. To re-write and write their very own life. But little do we know, every good thing that comes… is attached with a price tag with the font size 6 and with this asterix which sounds something like… *there’s a price to pay, my friend.
Yes, with the big Adam Sandler and only Adam Sandler’s face in the poster, one will surely know he’s the lead and for sure you are watching a comedy. I myself think it would be the same old Adam Sandler style of movies. Comedy… romantic comedy which you watch… then start laughing… continue to laugh… laugh so hard you shed a tear… so excited, it makes the popcorn flies out of the box, the coke just couldn’t stay still and just wants to spill over. But I must say the movie sorta impress me a little. Finally… some Hollywood directors starts to put daily life touches to movies.
The Click, resolves around the Newman family. Michael Newman (Adam Sandler), a very hardworking architect… always wished that there is 48 hours in a day for him to finish up everything. For him, it’s always work, work, work… and promotion.. and getting a better life. Donna Newman (Kate Beckinsale) is Michael’s sweet and lovely wife. She always wish Michael have more time for her and the family. Together they have a son, Ben (Joseph Castanon – age 7) and a lovely daughter, Samantha (Tatum McCann – age 5).
Being so busy everyday, Michael reach home tensed and frustrated. What adds to the frustration list is when he can’t even on the TV. He kept using the wrong remote control for the wrong things. Matters got worst when his neighbour’s show off son, Kevin O’Doyle (Cameron Monaghan) kept irritating him by showing off his expensive stuffs.
One night, being unable to control his anger… he decides to go shop for a universal remote control. Yes, a remote control that controls everything… from tv to lights to fans. Just almost everything. Since it was late night, most marts were closed and only mart that is still open, the Bed, Bath and Beyond store.
It was hilarious to think that Michael actually went to Bed, Bath to look for remote. Obviously the first few sections he only can find towels, more towels, beddings.. and more bed. There, he got so tired and jump on a bed. From there… he saw this little door that writes BEYOND. He then walks in to this small alley and saw Morty (Christopher Walken) at the end of the alley. Michael then tells Morty of his intention of getting a universal remote control.
Morty then bring Michael to the “way beyond” room where he soon pass Michael the most advanced technology gadget. Michael wanted to pay for it. Morty says it was a gift. Michael at first thought it was some trick until Morty tells him that it is free, with the condition that this product is not returnable.
Being so happy about it, Michael reach home with his remote control. Michael notices the power of the remote control when his dog starts to bark in the middle of the night. He points the remote control at the dog and turn down the volume. The magical part, it works. Michael thought he was dreaming or it was the effect from combining mass quantities of cough syrup with yodels.
When he finds out what this gadget can do for him, he starts doing many changes to his life. Fast forwarding arguments, fast forwarding through sex so that he can still have time for work, slow-mo girls jogging, pause and beat the shit out of his boss when he is being irritating, translate languages, fast forward through sickness, fast forwarding through promotions, rewind and go back to past.
He is in deep trouble when he can’t remember stuffs he promise Donna when he is in auto-pilot mode when he is fast forwarding. What is worst he wake up missing out many things in life. Things gone worst as the remote has set itself to auto repeat what that has been set for example, each time Donna and Michael argue, it auto fast forward the time.
Michael starts to panic and tries to return to Morty but at no vail. Michael soon realises what he has done is wrong. And in a blink of an eye, his wife left him because she couldn’t tolerate his weird acts and coldness. Not to even mention fast forwarding sex… haha. Their children grew up to be different from what he expect them to be.
The saddest part of the movie is when Michael finally notices he missed a lot of happy moments that he skipped during the fast forward sessions. He didn’t know his dad has passed away. The moment he knew about it, he tries to rewind to the moment he last saw his dad. It was a saddening scene which makes many shed a tear.
Another dramatic part of the movie was when Ben’s (Jake Hoffman) wedding. I think it was a beautiful wedding. There, Michael finally notices how important family was and he is so happy that his mother is still around despite everything that has happened. Best part, it is still hard for Michael to accept the fact that Samantha has grown up to be a pretty and sexy chick. There, he was struck with a heart attack and being sent to the hospital.
At that moment, he is now so old and yet he have not much great memories to recall back on. The best part is when Morty reveals that he is the Angel of Death. When Ben told Michael that he is going to postpone his honeymoon because of work, Michael quickly rushed out and try to stop him.
Being terribly ill, Michael fall on the way. Ben turn over and saw him and the whole family rush to him. In his last words, he told Ben that family should be the first priority.
The ending sort of disappoint me when Michael wakes up from the bed he jumps to in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was all just a dream. I personally think the movie would be better left at the scene where Michael died.
But I totally salute Adam Sandler in his skills to portray such a serious character with a dash of laughter in it. I think it was a touching movie that makes people think how much they miss out in life instead of just plain laughs that leads to no thinking at all. Not to even mention they manage to combine the comedy part with the emotional draining part.
I was also surprised to see Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries who sings “Linger” at Ben’s wedding. Really, truly the Cranberries.