Review - Matt Mungle
*In select theaters September 16th 2016 *
Synopsis: "Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
Review: It was intriguing to see Eddie Murphy return to the big screen in MR. CHURCH which could be his most dramatic and somber role to date. Gone are the side splitting Klumps and in its place is a quiet, introverted character that you want to know more about.
Mr. Church (Murphy) shows up at the house of Marie (Natascha McElhone) and her daughter Charlotte (Britt Robertson) and begins to cook. He has been hired by a third party and understands his role. This begins an extended relationship with the family that is full of ups and downs. Through it all they create a bond that lasts decades.
My interview with Britt Robertson:
This is an emotional film with rich dialogue and believable characters. It is not perfect and at times does feel a tad manipulative and cliche. Also a lot happens in the 104 minutes. Time flies in the lives before us and so we never get to linger long at any place and time. This in some ways robs us of the deep attachment that comes from a film that grounds us in a moment. The performances are strong enough though to carry us through the worst of times and when it shines it really glistens.
MR CHURCH is rated PG-13 for thematic elements. Totally recommend this for mothers and their older teen daughters. There will be lots of laughter and tears before it is over and hopefully conversations afterwards. I give it 3 out of 5 pats of butter. Good to see Eddie back in this role and a joy to watch him and Britt together.