It was not too long ago that I found myself reminiscing about the days when Eddie Murphy was actually funny. You know, back in the early ’80s when he was on Saturday Night Live, playing James Brown, Buckwheat, and of course Gumby, dammit. Then came super-stardom on the big screen, with movies like Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Boomerang, Coming to America (one of my personal favorites), and 48 Hrs. Sure, in the more recent past he’s been great as the voice of Donkey in the Shrek films, and let’s not forget about that Oscar nomination (and Golden Globe win) for Dreamgirls in 2007… but unfortunately when I think of Eddie Murphy these days, I think of stuff like Norbit and The Nutty Professor. In other words, I think of crappy movies where this once genius comedian resorts to fat suits and fart jokes for cheap laughs. It’s freakin’ depressing.
That’s why I’m hoping against hope that Tower Heist can be somewhat of a comeback vehicle for Murphy. In it he plays a criminal that Ben Stiller gets out of jail in order to help pull off a $20-million robbery.
Maybe I’m just in a silly mood, but I actually think this one looks decent. And no one can deny that its sentiment is timely. I have a feeling that will still be the case when it hits theaters on November 4.
What do you think? Yay or nay for what we’ve seen of Tower Heist so far? And will Murphy actually be funny in it, or is the rest of the star-studded cast going to have to carry him?
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