Let's be honest. Eddie Murphy hasn't been funny in years. The actor's latest movie, A Thousand Words, is currently tanking in the box office and getting horrible reviews. Is it time that the actor give up his failing acting career and rejuvenated his short lived music career?
No doubt about it, Eddie Murphy was the king of the 1980s. His first movie, 48 Hrs., was a hit when it came out in 1982, sending his career skyrocketing. The former hilarious actor continued his steady stream of comedic gold movies, starring in Trading Places in 1983, Beverly Hills Cop in 1984 and the sequel in 1987, The Golden Child in 1986, Coming to America in 1988, and Harlem Nights in 1989. So where did things start to go foul for the comedian?
It looks like the 1990's is where funny man lost his hot streak. Murphy's 2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash cost $100 million to make, only grossing $7.1 million worldwide. Talk about a major box office fail. The actor's 2008 film Meet Dave did a little better, but was still a flop. Taking $60 million to make, the film unfortunately grossed only $50.5 million.His other bombs include The Klumps, Dr. Dolittle 2, Showtime, Daddy Day Care, Haunted Mansion, Norbit and Imagine That. Ignoring his roles in animation films and 2006's Dreamgirls, Murphy honestly hasn't been in a funny movie since 1999's Bowfinger.
Murphy's latest two movies flopped as well. The 2011 film Tower Heist brought in a measly $24 million its opening, failing to live up to the expected $35 million opening. The movie came in second to Puss In Boots which happened to be a week old. Pretty embarrassing if you ask me. Even more humiliating are the cold words that critics are saying about the recently released A Thousand Words. Check out some of the funniest critic reviews:
Eddie Murphy should have just said the word 'No' to this tired, formulaic comedy. - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a dead-serious dramatic role - do anything but star in another movie like this one. - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
What you don't have is a funny movie. - Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
Even 2003 Robin Williams would have thunked this script in the fireplace by page 50. - Kyle Smith, New York Post
A Thousand Words is not worth any more dismissive words. It needs to make like a tree and leave. - David Germain, Associated Press
In A Thousand Words the camera stays about two inches from Murphy's hyperactive face, and you start to see the strain and desperation in the actor's eyes. - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
So what should the washed-up actor do now? A comeback doesn't seem to be in his cards, with all evidence pointing to Murphy's box-office topping career being long gone. With that said, I make one suggestion to Eddie Murphy. Revive your gem of a music career.
In the mid-1980's Murphy had two hit singles, Party All The Time, which was produced by Rick James and a top 10 single, and Put Your Mouth On Me. In 1985 Murphy released his first full length music album, How Could It Be, which featured Party All The Time. While the album didn't get great reviews, it was a commercial success, hitting number 26 on the Billboard 200 and 17 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Eddie Murphy, give the people what they want. Get the ball rollin' on another music album.