All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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."
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.
One of the best ham and cheese sandwiches I've ever seen.
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…
The Golden Child is not "Golden" at all...more like silver plated. It does have some good parts with Eddie Murphy providing a few laughs but it's nothing special 2.5/5 or 5/10.
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It's been a couple of decades since I last saw this, and it doesn't really hold up as well as I'd hoped. It's not bad, but as with most comedies, there's the inevitable dating of humor. Also some of the action sequences, particularly toward the end of the movie, felt really poorly directed. It's still an alright rewatch, though.
If I imagine they actually took John - badass, director of the most ass kicking movies of the 80's, musical talent - Carpenter in consideration for directing this... Oh boy, this could have been a ride!
What we have got without him is basically just a vehicle for Eddie Murphy on the peak of his carreer who delivers some pretty funny stuff in interaction with the great Victor Wong, which still makes a solid, cheesy flick.
A Saturday/Sunday afternoon cable regular. Would make a fun double feature with 'Big Trouble in Little China'
Watched this the night after watching Big Trouble, not realizing that it also featured the wonderful Victor Wong. New goal: watch every Victor Wong film in 2016!
Film #2, December Scavenger Hunt
2: A film featuring a former or current Saturday Night Live cast member (pick your favourite if you like)
"I-I-I Want the knife"
If it wasn't for Eddie Murphy's charisma and comedy this film would be one of those straight to VHS tapes you found in a bargain bucket in the 90's. The story was riddled with plot holes unnecessary tonal shifts, so many useless scenes, terribly written 'cookie cutter' characters it was laughable and the acting - fuck me the acting - you couldn't of gotten a more wooden actress to play his romantic interest if you tried.
The only saving grace for this film was Eddie Murphy and a few one liners he got to deliver but if you want an Eddie Murphy comedy stick with Beverly Hills Cop don't bother with this shit.
I..I..I.want the knife.....please
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