The Cobbler stars Adam Sandler as… a cobbler. For those not familiar with a term which dates back many centuries, a cobbler is a person who mends shoes. Yes, that’s something which is no longer required in our disposable culture because, unless you’re the type of person to spend £100 on Nike trainers, you can easily get a reasonable pair of trainers for around £15 from a shop like Matalan or Primark. Anything less for adult shoes, and they’ll fall apart within a month. Believe me, I’ve tried them and I know.
Anyhoo, putting facts aside, Sandler plays Max Simkin, and this shoe repair shop has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, he stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are…
(cue video of someone vomiting)
Also getting in on this mess is Dan Stevens (The Guest, Downton Abbey), Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin and… “Method Man“.. sorry, Cliff “Method Man” Smith. Gotta get that name right yeah?
The Cobbler looks terrible, but director Thomas McCarthy also brought us the excellent 2003 comedy drama The Station Agent, so that conflicts me a bit. However, I’ll still maintain that, while the film is out in the UK on May 22nd… don’t bother going to see it.
And if you really must, then check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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