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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.
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.
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.
I hope that isn't going to side me with some horrible situation later on
Underrated and a personal favorite of mine. If John Carpenter did an Eddie Murphy movie, this might be it
"Ha! I got the knife! Now turn on the goddamn lights!" The only thing I could recall from watching this as a kid is the oatmeal filled with blood, which remains the most striking image. Best remembered as "the one that isn't Big Trouble In Little China". The threadbare plot is fine, but Murphy's hilarious hamming unfortunately removes any sense of stakes from the proceedings. Could have used a bigger budget, and more action. Still, it's a fun distraction. Great poster!
Everything BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA got right in its "Asia/Wood" fusion, THE GOLDEN CHILD, released a few months later at Christmas, got wrong--but thanks to the star power of Eddie Murphy it at least saved face at the boxoffice. John Carpenter opted out of this script to pursue BIG TROUBLE, leaving the reins to the unlikely Michael Ritchie, one of the classic director/material mismatches. There's no trace of Ritchie here, and little that's funny/fantastic for Murphy and BIG TROUBLE castmates Victor Wong and James Hong to work with, either. People who should know better love a lot of 80s crap but does anyone even like THE GOLDEN CHILD?
They took Eddie Murphy to the same Chinese magic shop where they sell Mogwais, Green-eyed Chinese girls, and frogurt! And now there's dragon ladies for a limited time.
This movie has the cutest Pepsi endorsement ever, Randall 'Tex' Cobb as a strange brute, (totally playing against type) a Ratt music video, biker gangs, Tywin Lannister as a demon, Victor Wong, and James Hong. Oh and Eddie Murphy being very Eddie Murphy. So it has it ALL.
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…