Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mr. Church Movie Review

Inspired by a True Friendship

Recently I went in search of a good movie. What I found was a character who touched my heart. His name and that of the movie? Mr. Church. Here's my review.

It's been hot out, good movie watching weather, so recently I went in search of a new movie to enjoy. What I found was a character who touched my heart. His name? Mr. Church.

I was attracted to the movie at first by the number of excellent reviews, over 18,000 on Amazon, averaging 4.7 out of 5, with zero 1-star ratings (which may put the accuracy of the old saying, "You can't please all the people, all of the time" in question).

The movie description came next, something about a little girl, her dying mother, their cook, and a family bond that lasts forever. I watched the trailer, though I actually suggest that you might want to skip that. I like to go into a movie knowing little about the twists and turns of the plot and this trailer, typically, does give a few things away. But, on the other hand, you might want to watch it just to get a taste of the beautiful mood of the movie. And it is a beautiful movie. I'll leave the trailer decision up to you.

The movie stars Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson. Yes, the same Eddie Murphy that you might know from Saturday Night Live or The Nutty Professor. But this movie is no comedy. It's a touching drama that will capture your curiosity just like Mr. Church captured Charlie's (Britt Robertson's character) when she first saw him and reported to her mother that, "There's a black man in our kitchen, cooking eggs."

Every character in the movie is well written, well cast, and well acted. Even the minor characters, those with less time on screen, are important as is every line of dialogue they speak. In fact, this movie reminds me of a wonderful book, one with not a single word that isn't important to the whole of the story. The setting, too, beginning in 1971 Los Angeles, was perfect.

I want to tell you more, but I don't like spoilers and I hope you'll trust that I'm steering you in a direction you'll be glad you followed once you watch the movie and get to know Mr. Church for yourself.

This movie is rated PG-13. It contains some rough language, but only in what I would call "appropriate places," and the subject matter is not intended for young children.

Mr. Church is available at the link to rent, stream, or purchase on DVD and may be included with your subscription of Amazon Prime.

~Susan Deppner
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  1. I've always admired the way Eddie Murphy went from a rather silly comedian (one who, in his early days, tried to imitate another successful black comedian and failed miserably, IMO) to finding his way as an excellent actor. He did use his comedy background in his first movies and was good. But, over time his acting has gotten better and better, to the point where any movie starring Eddie Murphy recommended to me is a definite 'must watch'. Thanks so much for your review (and introduction to), "Mr. Church", Susan. Can't wait to see it.

  2. An excellent review! Just enough said to spark my curiosity and to let me know I am in for a most excellent movie. I won't watch the trailer. You've peeked my interest without it. It will be wonderful to see Eddie Murphy really shine in a drama role. Too often, the best hide behind comedy, even if they are entertaining us. I think I just might put my feet up and watch it today. Thank you for the great recommendation! I could use the break and a good movie right now.

  3. Susan, thank you for the Review on this. Love reading movie reviews on this site, because you all introduce me to movies I had no idea existed. This one will be added to my list. It sounds very good. What you said about wanting to know very little about a movie, lol, I'm the opposite! I'll be watching a movie and can't stand not knowing, so I'll google the entire plot, then am able to relax and enjoy the flick. However movies that 'need figuring out', like suspense movies, or stories with a twist, 90 percent of the time I'll guess the plot correctly and be able to assess where the writer was going and pick out the good guys and bad guys within a half an hour or so. My youngest son always says to me 'how do you do that!'. I dated an actor once in my young years and he showed me what to look for in movies as hints and tips as to where a movie is going. The writing in a movie has to be triple A for me to really enjoy it, because for me most movies are sooooo predictable. I won't read the plot on this one though. I'll do what you did, let myself be surprised.

  4. I saw Mr. Church, and I agree, it's a beautiful movie. It was also a new way for me to see Eddie Murphy; he did a fantastic job.

  5. Sounds like a movie I'd like to see. Maybe I'll check it out after I get my replacement car situation straightened out. Not much time to relax before that. Great review.

  6. Great review that made me want to watch Mr. Church. Hard to imagine Eddie Murphy in a drama as opposed to a comedy. I think of his Beverly Hills Cop movies when I think of him acting. But I like him a lot so will put this on my list to watch. Thanks!

  7. This was a movie that touched my heart. I was glad I saw it. A wonderful role for Eddie Murphy.

  8. Oh thank you Susan for bringing me a review that I can really use. I am always on the look out for something that will inspire me or just make me feel something wonderful. This movie sounds like it would do just that!. I'm adding it to my list of must see movies and again thank you for this review.

  9. Thank you for this review. I enjoy Eddie Murphy very much but cannot imagine him in a serious role. I am glad you enjoyed the movie and I am adding it to my to-watch list.


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