And by it, I mean make a really crappy movie.
Surprising no one, right now Murphy’s new movie A Thousand Words has a current rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
On the heels of backing out of hosting the Oscars, Murphy’s latest crapfest is about a slick agent who learns he only has a thousand words left to say and when he says them all, he will die. On the surface, it’s an interesting idea – Murphy is known for running his mouth, so how will this work? Well, according to Variety, not well at all
even Murphy’s largely wordless, physically adroit performance can’t redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum, which suggests a cross between “Liar Liar” and Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” but with more kitsch and gay jokes. Commercial prospects look none too fertile.
It’s kind of sad really. With very few exceptions (Dreamgirls being one of them), the only successful movies Murphy has done in over a decade are animated. He used to make comedy classics: Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places , and Coming to America. Not to mention his highly successful run on Saturday Night Live.
But somewhere along the way, Murphy lost it.
He started doing movies where he had to dress in a fat suit.
It got embarrassing. For him. For us.
He tried with Dreamgirls, but I think he became disillusioned once he lost the Oscar that everyone else was saying he would win. And he was great as Donkey in the Shrek movies, but even that got tiring after a while.
I’m sure some critics will like this movie. Probably Armond White. But Murphy has a long way to go to win back our trust, and our love.