Dina Anderson
  September 30, 2016

Movie Review: Mr. Church

I normally try to remain serious and focused in these weekly articles that I submit ┬ábecause of how sincere I am about the opportunity to offer you a weekly editorial. I don’t want to be guilty of wasting your time so I try to avoid the frivolous and the unimportant in my editorials. But today, I find myself turning my editorial into a movie review that features the acting talents of Eddie Murphy.

I became a fan of Eddie Murphy way back when he starred with Dan Akroyd in “Trading Places.” He was so funny until when the “Beverly Hills Cops” franchise became available, I was one of the first to purchase a ticket. I have grown accustom to seeing him in these hugely funny roles that stretch from “Coming to America” to “Harlem Nights.”

So, you can imagine how curious I was to discover that Eddie Murphy was playing in a new release entitled, “Mr. Church.” I was initially drawn to the movie because of its title, which I assumed that it would have some Christian content. I was somewhat baffled because I honestly had not seen a lot of advertising for the film. I actually discovered it was playing because I had gone to the theater intending to see something else. Mr. Church is about a hired cook in the mid-seventies who ends up working for a single mother who is suffering with cancer and only has six months to live. The woman survives the cancer and lives for another six years. The main character in the movie, however, is the little girl, who literally grows up on the screen from a ten year old child to a single unwed mother herself. The movie is brilliant, punctuated with drama and the very best of acting.

It is Eddie Murphy who, however, steals the show. This is one of the only serious roles that I have seen him in. He is neither comedic or subscribes to any of the typical stereotypes that I had grown up expecting from Hollywood. Murphy shows breadth and diversity in his role as the leading male character in the movie. While, there are several love interests in the movie none of them involve Murphy. I was pleasantly surprised and rather pleased over the movie as a whole. It was engaging, suspenseful, enchanting and thought-provoking all at the same time. I would strongly urge all who are reading this to treat yourself to a showing of the movie. I am certain that you will be pleased.