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Why Jennifer Aniston is sparking joy in Netflix's Murder Mystery

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Murder Mystery is the dark horse of Netflix Films after breaking records on its first weekend, and we reckon it’s all thanks to Jennifer Aniston.  

It’s grim out there in the real world right now, thanks to the possibility of Boris Johnson becoming our next prime minister and the British summer weather returning to its wet and windy roots.

But if you’re looking to new TV and streaming service releases to calm your nerves, think again.

Chernobyl is so intense that it trigged one Stylist writer’s nucleomituphobia. The latest series of The Handmaid’s Tale is just too close to the bone to enjoy right now. And the blurred line between fiction and reality in Years and Years is terrifying.

But amidst the doom and gloom is a ray of hope in the form of Jennifer Aniston in Agatha Christie-inspired comedy, Murder Mystery. Our favourite Friends cast member returns with Adam Sandler in the film (they previously starred in Just Go With It together) which, according to Netflix, was viewed over three million times within three days after its release. This means it enjoyed the biggest opening weekend so far for a Netflix Film. 

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True, I was sceptical of another Sandler movie at first, but Aniston’s involvement piqued my interest. Fresh from her turn in feel good flick Dumplin, she’s clearly on a roll with great parts. However, I was still only really expecting a background film to put on while catching up with a friend over wine on the sofa.

But Aniston sparked so much joy during those 1 hour and 37 minutes that I found myself laughing out loud and ignoring my friend throughout the whole thing. Perhaps the wine helped, but Aniston and the rest of the (surprisingly star studded) cast provided some much needed simple and light comic relief in these dark, dark times. I felt so guilty, and yet so good.

So, what’s it all about?

Audrey Spitz (Aniston) and her husband Nick (Sandler) are a bored, ordinary American couple who finally take a holiday to Europe after years of promising each other the trip. The Spitzes soon find themselves upgraded to first class on the plane where they meet super-loaded Charles Cavendish, (Luke Evans) who invites them onto his yacht for the summer. On board, they are also joined by Hollywood actor Grace Ballard (Gemma Arterton) and overlooked son of a billionaire Terence Stamp (David Walliams) among other guests. But things are anything but plain sailing, as someone is murdered while out at sea. The big question it: “Who dunnit?”

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Yes it’s silly, it plays to every stereotype going and it is full of slapstick moments – but what’s wrong with that? Aniston is at the top of her comedy game, poking fun at the mundanities of regular life and absolutely loving the excitement of solving a murder mystery. She was having a whale of a time, and so was I.

And it looks like I’m not the only one, as Murder Mystery has quickly become the internet’s favourite Netflix film.

“Omg #MurderMystery is brilliant” wrote one fan. “It’s like a ridiculous modern Poirot except with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler as a hilarious American couple instead of an elderly Belgian gent. I’m going to need that sequel real soon please @netflix!”

“The coolest thing I’ve seen all week is #JenniferAniston driving a stick shift @Ferrari in #MurderMysteryNetflix #MurderMystery @AdamSandler,” observed another.

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And a third proved just how much Aniston steals the show, tweeting: “Murder Mystery is such a funny movie on @NetflixIndia Loved the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston & what’s his name. Worth a watch.”

If you need some respite from the world, then me and a legion of Netflix fans can guarantee Murder Mystery will make you forget all your problems. 

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