The Golden Child (1986)
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I want the kniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife... About all I remembered from The Golden Child, so I re-experienced the weirdness of what amounts to Beverly Hills Cop meets Big Trouble in Little China, and if you told me it took place in the same universe as the latter, I wouldn't just believe it, it might make the movie better. Eddie Murphy is a finder of lost children put on the trail of a Tibetan child with magical powers kidnapped by a demonic wizard played by Game of Thrones' Charles Dance. He's helped by Charlotte Lewis' kung fu-wielding Buddhist guide. Crazy special effects of the period ensue. I reread those words and I feel like I'm overselling the movie. Truth is, it's tonally challenged, its 80s music is plonky, and the jokes are only occasionally funny. And that "I want the kniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife" gag? Over time, I had made it better in my mind. Same joke, but I feel like we need to be closer in. A very specific criticism/personal experience, I realize, so to wider, The Golden Child is just about winsome thanks to its unusual story, but its 80s-ness (music, effects, humor, attitudes) nearly brings the whole enterprise down.
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