pyrostinger: They say the eye is the window to the soul (Default)
So yes, there's the previous post about the movie A Thousand Words, but lemme just zero in on the entire plot vehicle that lurches this movie forward.  But for this, this might have just been any other decent, heart-warming movie about a terrible person realizing his faults and changing for the better.  But no, in order to restrict a person's greatest asset -- his words -- the movie decided to go in a spiritual direction and add in the tree.

Now, once the tree ends up in Eddie Murphy's backyard because of magic, it begins losing leaves.  Essentially, in the quest to perhaps save Eddie Murphy's life from being bereft of people and relationships, the tree kills itself.  Why?  I mean... what the hell?  To save a life, the tree basically tied a noose around it's neck and said "I'm gonna choke myself if you don't become a better person, because I've linked how far I choke with how many words you say!"  I mean, I get how this will eventually effect Eddie Murphy since the tree links its health with Eddie Murphy, but it still seems like a pretty stupid move.  How is the tree supposed to know that Eddie Murphy is going to take his self-preservation (and by extension, the tree's) seriously?  Alternatively, how is the tree supposed to know that Eddie Murphy is going to seek to repair his life, rather than running away from everything and retreating so that he doesn't have to use words at all, thereby (probably) defeating the purpose of attaching itself to his life in the first place. 

This probably wouldn't bug me so much if this wasn't the entire premise upon which the rest of the movie rests.
pyrostinger: They say the eye is the window to the soul (Default)
PosterThis movie was... alright, I guess.  Eddie Murphy plays a high-powered, fast-talking agent whose life is silently falling apart around him.  When he goes to secure a book deal from new age guru, not only is the book woefully inadequate for mass production, but a mysterious tree shows up in his back yard, losing leaves for every single word he utters.  That being the most absurd part of the movie, I'll... well, I'll go into that later in a Microscope post.  Anyway, hilarity ensues as a man who's gotten by with shooting off words everywhere suddenly finds his most valued asset horribly restricted to the point where he can't even leave notes for people without leaves falling.  But he learns a valuable lesson, blah blah blah.  This story pretty much ends the way you think it does, so it spoils pretty much nothing saying that the agent learns his lesson, and at the eleventh hour the tree is reborn, and everybody lives happily ever after.

Honestly, the reason why I am writing this review is for this one aspect, a relatively throwaway scene in a wider movie that gets better only at the end.  See, Eddie Murphy's agent character has a dorky white assistant.  Now, as he wordlessly comes in to try and communicate something or other, said assistant suddenly breaks down and admits that he and a female coworker have been cavorting about in Eddie Murphy's office as animals.  Seeing the scene as a furry, I am massively disappointed as having furry be this guy's weird thing, mostly because Hollywood had decided to misrepresent the fandom. Again. 

Go see it if you want to; now that you can rent it for a buck twenty it sorta makes it worth it.  In my opinion, the movie only really gets good at the end when Eddie Murphy finds his epiphany and uses his last few words to repair his crumbling life in an almost beatific way.  Other than that and some scattered scenes that almost rescue the movie, it was mostly meh. 

October 2013

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