Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Eddie Murphy Skips Premiere of Comeback Film, An Unintentional Remake of “Driving Miss Daisy”

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After last fall’s Mark Twain Prize reminded me of how great a comedian Eddie Murphy really is, I expressed hope about his next film, “Mr. Church.” I was told that it would be his Oscar move, a dramatic comeback.

Well, Eddie’s first film in four years is a bust apparently. Even he knows it– he skipped the Tribeca Film Festival premiere two nights ago.

Evidently, Bruce Beresford has wittingly or unwittingly remade “Driving Miss Daisy,” his Oscar winner from 1989. Only this time instead of Morgan Freeman driving Jessica Tandy around and being her best friend, Eddie cooks for a big white family. He’s like Mr. French or Mr. Belvedere. And his name is Church. Because soulful black people are connected to the church.

One reviewer said, “More galling than the film’s litany of melodramatic banalities is its regressive view of race relations.”

Ouch.

So much for that. The whole cast and crew except for Eddie is white. Why did he let that happen? He used to be so adept and insightful, as those old clips showed.

By the way, Bruce Beresford made two really great movies that you should check out: “Breaker Morant”and “Tender Mercies.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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