Starring: Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, and Malcom
Directed by: Betty Thomas
know I love Owen Wilson right? Yeah, we started out on the wrong
foot. What with his frequently annoying film attempts...but there
was all this respect for him as a writer and the well done jobs
he's handed in. He's a comic bipolar talent. I couldn't help but
fall smitten. However, here the money people would have done better
to use him behind the camera to write the damn story. I use the
word "story" in its lowest kindergarten definition here
folks. Shame on this enormous talent for serving up this farcical
poop. I am going to have to slip into The Royal
Tenenbaums DVD - quickly - to counteract the venom I feel
welling around my heart.
Murphy gets lip too. I mean okay, he is one of our greatest living
comedians so what's the deal? Can he not read? How could someone
this talented agree to something so bad. The team up with Wilson
not only doesn't work but it's exhausting to watch the two battle
for the punchline like rank amateurs showing off for a girl in
plot revolves around some ludicrous theft of a stealth craft and
Alex (Owen Wilson) and Kelly (Eddie Murphy) are teamed to get
it before the world is put in everlasting peril...snore. It's
like Eli Cash (Owen's Royal Tenenbaum character) smoked too much
hash and is narrating a story as only a drug crazed prophet could.
In his daydream he casts Eddie Murphy and throws in an abundance
of semi-nonsensical jokes....except
we sit there visually experiencing every silly second of his trip!
think you are getting my blatant hostility for the film no? I
suffered as gag after gag fell flat and longed for the theater
attendees to yell "Fire!." Anything to escape. It never
happened. I walked out nearly shocked they even had the balls
to make me see this.
do remember when I chatted with Malcom
McDowell (shamefully wasted here as well) he mentioned Murphy
had a plane deliver cereal - a whole cargo plane's worth - to
the I Spy shoot location abroad. Hmm, perhaps Eddie's Bowfinger
performances were not entirely acting? Could the man be mad?
lucky I am here to warn you - bluntly- on this one. I mean before
you too wasted an evening and your hard earned dough on this fiasco.
recommendation: Dinner and another film, perhaps Red