THE GOLDEN CHILD (Blu-ray)
Review by Stinky the Destroyer😼
Some movies become big hits out of sheer will.
The working definition of high-concept, 1986’s The Golden Child was cynically assembled to cash-in on Eddie Murphy’s undeniable popularity and the endearingly brash persona that elevated Beverly Hills Cop. In fact, the only real difference between Axel Foley and Chandler Jarrell is their names.
Pumped-up with special effects and an overbearing score - neither of which have aged too well - The Golden Child is by-the-numbers filmmaking at its most shallow...even for the ‘80s. One can practically hear director Michael Ritchie instructing his star to simply go on-set and “do your Eddie thing.” Throw in an obvious attempt to earn a PG-13 rating (Eddie’s first) and it’s clear the primary goal was box-office bank.
|Eddie forgets the punchline.|
The film remains the undisputed low point of Murphy’s heyday. But in a way, that sort-of renders it an interesting addition to the ongoing Paramount Presents series. Throughout the ‘80s, Paramount was nearly synonymous with high-concept blockbusters, many of which were among the biggest hits of the decade. If this Blu-ray series is indeed intended to represent the studio throughout the years, then The Golden Child’s inclusion actually makes sense from a historical perspective (though it’s easily the least essential).
“THE MAKING OF THE GOLDEN CHILD” - Two-part archival documentary, totalling just under 30 minutes.