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WATCH: Oliver retro-reviews The Golden Child

November 27th, 2013 by Oliver Harper Comments
Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Golden Child – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”

The Golden Child (1986)

After the huge success of Beverly Hills Cop Paramount Studios was banking on The Golden Child being a huge success but it turned out to be moderate success and was a critical failure. The Golden Child turned out to be the first in a long line of commercial and critical failures for Eddie Murphy.

The Golden Child was intended to be a serious movie with John Carpenter attached but once he left to work on ‘ Big Trouble in Little China’, the studio went with a comedy approach and same claimed it was trying to copy Big Trouble’s formula.

With the changes made to the Golden Child the tone of the movie swung from serious to a silly comedy which some loved and some hated. Let’s take a look back at The Golden Child and see what they did right and was what wrong with the overall quality of the movie.

Oliver’s review:

Original trailer:

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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--