Wednesday, February 20, 2008
A Great Moment In Cinema History
There are few moments in movies that completely capture the genius of an actor or actress. Jack Nicholson's moment came during A Few Good Men with his famous "You can't handle the truth!" line. For Denzel Washington, nothing is more touching than his last walk to the Audubon Ballroom for his last speech in his portrayal of Malcolm X. For Russell Crowe, it was his battle sequence in Gladiator followed by the hair-raising question, "Are you not entertained?"
...All of these moments, however, pale in comparison to Eddie Murphy's portrayal of "Jackson Height's own...Mr. Randy...Watson."
Perhaps you don't agree, but think about how ahead of his time he was to have the foresight to come up with something that is as timeless and funny today as it was back in 1989. No comedian at the time, or even today, pushed the boundaries of prosthetic make-up the way that Eddie Murphy did in Coming To America in an attempt to propel comedy to a new level.
And don't get me started on the dialogue of this scene...
"You may remember him as 'Joe the Policeman' from the 'What's Goin' Down'-episode of That's My Mama..."
"While you're in a clapping mood, I'd like you to give a big round of applause to my band...Sexual Chocolate...Sexual Chocolate...they play so fine, don't you agree?"
This has got to be one of the funniest moments in movie history. I challenge anyone to prove otherwise.