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The Golden Child
Eddie Murphy is the chosen one.
A detective specializing in missing children is on a madcap mission to save a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties, scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses Tibet to obtain a sacred dagger.
Eddie Murphy really had a purple patch in the mid-eighties. Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, and 48 Hrs made him a box-office God. The Golden Child came along at the height of his fame and although not as entertaining or successful as his previous hits, it still has its moments.
The Golden Child fits in somewhere between fantasy and comedy and reminds me a lot of John Carpenter's Big trouble In Little China for some reason. Murphy plays a social worker looking for a missing young girl, who, in the course of his investigations gets drawn into the search for another missing child with mystical powers. The fantasy element is delivered with some interesting dream sequences and a seriously hot…
"Only a man whose heart is pure can wield the knife, and only a man whose ass is narrow can get down these steps. And if mine's is such an ass, then I shall have it."
To me, this is one of Eddie Murphy's better and more underrated efforts. Murphy is on top form, with a funny and energetic performance and the dated special effects and soundtrack actually make it more fun instead of hindering it's quality.
It's a highly entertaining case of "don't expect a good film, just expect a fun one."
One of the best ham and cheese sandwiches I've ever seen.
In no sense of the word, is The Golden Child a good movie. It's lazy, meandering and is dated as all hell. Yet it's cheesy 80s charm and stop-motion effects do make it reasonably entertaining to watch. Not exactly recommended but fun for what it is. A guilty pleasure if i'ver ever seen one.
You know Pink Floyd, right? You ask someone what their favorite Floyd album is, and odds are you'll get an answer like Dark Side or The Wall or Wish You Were Here. But every once in a while, you'll run into some wacko who will answer with something like Atom Heart Mother or Ummagumma.
This movie is my Ummagumma.
In a sea of great Eddie Murphy movies, this is my favorite. It's not "the best", but it's my favorite. Part of that is probably because this is the first Eddie Murphy movie I remember seeing. There's enough fantasy here to appeal to a kid, whereas Trading Places or Beverly Hills Cop don't have flying demons or Randall "Tex" Cobb.
Here's the thing with The Golden Child, I don't feel that it's a good movie but it was very enjoyable. It's cheesy, very cheesy and its dated but there were scenes that I just had to laugh.
The Golden Child is about The Golden Child and how he's got stolen from Tibet by Charles Dance and his gang. Eddie Murphy plays a private investigator type that searches for lost or stolen children and he's chosen specifically to rescue The Golden Child.
What I thought about while watching this was how to me it was a little bit like Eddie Murphys Beverly Hills Cop but for children because this is as mostly an action film as a comedy and Eddie Murphy…
In the 1980's, Eddie Murphy was the king of the world, what with huge box office hits and stand-up routines following a wildly successful stint on "Saturday Night Live". It would appear the star started feeling that he could do no wrong, which is the only thing that can explain "The Golden Child".
It was originally conceived as a more serious project starring Mel Gibson but was retooled as a comedy once Mel dropped out and was replaced by Eddie. I'm not sure how it would have worked as a serious film, but the comedy is strained. Murphy improvised a lot of it, and it's just not funny. In fact, he annoyingly laughs at his own jokes throughout most of…
What an utterly bizarre film.
there's a prolonged fight scene in this film which for some reason is intercut with a ratt video.
I learned two things from this movie:
1. There's a shitty knockoff of Big Trouble in Little China nobody asked for, and its name is The Golden Child.
2. Nepal looks a lot like Southern California.
(the star is for the pretty birdie)
I recall this came out around the same time as BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (the week before, if I remember correctly), and it features at least 3 of the same Asian actors (Peter Kwong, Victor Wong and the great James Hong), but is a decidedly lower-rent affair than the Carpenter classic.
The story - and, at times, the script - seems like it was written by an 8-year-old, and the soundtrack couldn't be more '80s (in a bad way) if it tried. But my main bother with this is Eddie Murphy. Or rather, his character; from the moment he appears onscreen, when he flashes that self-satisfied grin, you just want to kick his face off. I mean, he has…
Doesn't hold up quite as well as Beverly Hills Cop, but it's still a delightful movie. It funny, considering what an iconic role this is for Charles Dance, how little of him there is in the movie, and how little actual character development there is for him.
Strangely, the dancing Coke can makes more sense to me as an adult than it did as a kid.
Really weird and schlocky Eddie Murphy comedy from the 80's that's somehow really dry. Like Big Trouble in Little China with much less jokes.
If I'd bothered to watch this as a kid, I probably would have watched it weekly. Flicks like this were made for kids like me. But alas, instead I just get to appreciate it as a boring-ass adult.
Not as "golden" as I remember it, but it bares clever aspects of action and comedy while being glazed with everything 80's.
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