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Eddie Murphy's acting
Mick LaSalle, of the SF Chronicle, said this about the movie: 'The Motion Picture Academy only seems to notice comedians when they turn somber, but if Eddie Murphy wins an Oscar for "Dreamgirls," it might really be in response to his tour de force here, in which he plays three distinct characters, including an elderly Asian man and a 300-pound woman.' This was enough to convince me that the movie might be a fun flick to catch on a matinée. Tour de force? That sounded good.
About halfway through the movie, I found myself change from hopefully amused to bored. Some people left. I heard audible groans. People laughed as well, but it was sparse and there were long stretches of silence.
It wasn't a tour de force. Norbit, the main character, wasn't interesting and verged on idiotic (when he is to go on a date on 'tuesday' he does nothing all week but repeat the word tuesday over and over -- not like a nerd but like a retard). The elderly Asian man was amusing, but the movie didn't spend most of the time on him. It spent most of the time on Rasputina, who was just not funny, not written or acted or filmed well.
The story had one of the worst and most formulaic endings in Hollywood, a wedding between two people who are not right for each other, being interrupted by the lead after a small adventure, with the help of his friends. People were twisting in their seats as Thandi and Eddie moaned on about how they really loved each other.
OK this isn't worth a big comment i saw a movie afterwards to wipe it from my mind.
- rasputina does slapstick things for no reason. norbit comes to visit her at the construction site, and there she is, getting wet and washing a car with her breasts. why? - the 'passionate' sex scenes had rasputina jump on norbit, break the bed, and just lay on him, unmoving, like a dead animal. why? it's not passionate when you just lay there. it wasn't funny, it was just an excuse for a fat woman to fall on a skinny man.
- rasputina runs over a dog at one point in the story. why? 'why did she do that?' asked the woman next to me. just cause.
- rasputina was like one of those really irritating large black women it parodies, except wrapped up in padding and plastic. her moves were awkward and when she spoke often it seemed like she was just mumbling. it was a weak personality parody, so they covered it up with tons of fat jokes.
- when the thandi's wedding was interrupted, she just smiles, watching on the side while people start dancing and fooling around. then she starts dancing. her wedding was interrupted? doesn't anything mean anything in the film? - How did norbit's childhood black girlfriend turn into a mixed-race pointy-faced woman? Or is it a fantasy that little black girls grow up to to be white? the movie did go different places, just to catch the reactions of audience members. a fetish slave and abraham lincoln outfit? so to sum the story was formulaic, broken in half by bad acting, poor dialog and meaningless slapstick, and the only person who should receive the award is the guy who made the fat suit.