Not fantastic, The Cobbler is a sweet family friendly movie and a step in the right direction for its star Adam Sandler.

For four generations Max Simkin’s family has owned a shoemaking shop in Brooklyn, and Max is getting tired of the grind. The Cobbler is a fantastical film about what happens when Max finds a magical machine that allows him to actually walk a mile in another man’s shoes.

You can take the man out of Brooklyn but you just can’t take the Brooklyn out of the man with Adam Sandler, the star of The Cobbler. As the disenchanted shop owner, frustrated by the humdrum routine of a simple man’s life, Sandler is perfect. Despite the description of The Cobbler being central to Max Simkin’s life, there is a nice melange of supporting characters to add diversity and variety to the film’s plot.

Atypical of recent films starring Adam Sandler, The Cobbler is not a potpourri of zany antics that are farfetched and exaggerated. The film is actually quite rooted to a realistic plot despite the mystical happenings in this cobbler’s Sheepshead Bay shop. For that grounded take, compliments are owed to the writer and director of the film Thomas McCarthy.

For some intangible reason, The Cobbler does not come across as a great film but simply a ‘good’ one. Perhaps the struggle and conflict that Max becomes entangled with is not gripping enough or his interpersonal relationship is not developed enough to connect the audience. Either way, The Cobbler is a decent film about family and staying true to yourself.