Eddie Murphy takes a serious role as Mr Church
The name Eddie Murphy is synonymous with classic comedies like Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America. However, in 2016 drama Mr Church, Murphy takes a more serious role and brings and unexpected feeling to the film.
Mr Church is based on the story ‘The Cook Who Came to Live with Us’ by Susan McMartin, who also wrote the screenplay for the film and relates the friendship and bond between Charlotte Brooks (Britt Robertson) and Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy) that only death could break.
McMartin, according to KCET, said the story was based on her real friendship with a real Mr Church – only with a different real name.
He came into my life when I was a little girl, just like in the movie. My mom was very sick with cancer and he stayed in my life until the day he died. I always knew that I wanted to write a story about our friendship because it was so unique and he was so important in every aspect of my life — childhood, becoming a writer, everything — and I always knew that one day I wanted to write about us. I never knew how I wanted to tell the story.
McMartin also took some creative liberties with the story. “Then I took creative liberties — two of the main ones being my daughter, he never met my daughter, so I created that story, I am a single mom. The other thing, my mom survived her cancer,” she said.
The film also takes Murphy away from his comfort zone of comedy and introduces him as a serious actor. Although, his character (Mr Church) does not talk that much, the raw emotion he gave in the performance is Oscar worthy.
Church is a very private man, while working for the Brooks is chirpy and full of life, however, beneath this facade is man who is deeply conflicted with feelings for his father, a man scarred by the abuse he endured growing up.
Mr Church is a feel good drama and something worth watching with the family.