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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.
It's Eddie Murphy, fantasy hero? Well, that's the scenario that happens in this fantasy/action/comedy/adventure from director Michael Ritchie. Here, Murphy plays a social worker who's been tasked to find a kidnapped Tibetan child with mystical powers. While Murphy's comic timing is pretty hit-and-miss, the visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic are on point (even by mid-80s standards), Charles Dance's ruthless baddie is awesome and Robbie Buchanan's guitar-and-synth laden theme song is catchy, especially considering that it's a instrumental. "The Golden Child" is fun but not entirely funny as Murphy's other films at the time.
La verdad es que se me hizo absolutamente insufrible la mayor parte de su duración, pero bueno, esto es lo que tienen las sesiones sorpresa, que las carga el diablo.
¡Pues no, no la había visto, y lo que engaña el poster! No me imaginaba que aquí me encontraría el componente fantástico.
Eddie Murphy literally didn't give a single solitary shit about the Golden Child, which is what makes it such a great movie. The outline plot is very basic; regarding a child, the subject of a prophecy. He's going to be the ultimate force for good and naturally Charles Dance wants to destroy him. Eddie doesn't care about any of this. It's a chance for him to do bits of stand-up and take the piss out of movie cliches one after another. He never crosses the line and makes the film a spoof but his character within the film doesn't give a flying fuck about anything. Once you let yourself completely go like that, the results vary dramatically but with the Golden Child it paid off.
It's like Big Trouble in Little China but not as good eh? It was daft and funny at times, but it felt somewhat disjointed. I also had never seen this until now, but I can see why it holds such nostalgia for folk. That soundtrack was all over the place, but pretty damn cool too.
Also, James Hong. He's always the shop owner or restaurant owner! He pops up in so many movies.
I'd never actually heard of THE GOLDEN CHILD. I thought I had a good sense of Eddie Murphy'a early film career, but here was a film plopped right in he middle of the actor's 1980s hot period that no one seems to talk about. Watching it, I can understand why.
Eddie Murphy shows none of the off-the-wall energy he showed in the other films of this era. He seems utterly bored and uncomfortable throughout. Watching his disinterested non-reactions to most of the crazy happenings around him is somewhat perversely amusing, though often feels less like the character being deadpan than the actor being embarrassed to be doing this shit. The film feels like generic, low-rent fantasy guff that some exec…
One of my alltme fave movies it never gets old funny and exciting with a great score too this double bills well with Big Trouble in Little china
Half-star awarded for great front cover.
Additional half-star added for Charles Dance.
Ironic half-star added for music.
Appreciation but no stars given for Eddie Murphy's hat.
One full star for Murphy's refreshingly lackadaisical performance.
There was a dancing stop-motion Pepsi can.
"Giiiiiive meeee the kniiiiife. Pleeeeaaase..."
And with that, Eddie Murphy was officially out of fucks to give regarding this movie. It's so bad. It's all over the map. Murphy could've stopped trying, could've stopped caring, could've walked off the set, could've refused to read any of his lines. What he actually did was so much better. He just started acting like he was in a different movie, one with some competence behind it, and read his lines the way he wanted to. He saved it from itself by not trying to save it, and wow, I need a drink. This movie is funny as hell, but it wasn't supposed to be. I call that a win, and I miss this version of Eddie Murphy.
The score for this movie by Michel Colombier is fucking ace.
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