The Haunted Mansion
Eddie Murphy stars as Jim Evers real estate salesman. He and his wife Sara [Marsha Thomason] are successful real estate agents. They have two lovely and adorable children [Marc John Jefferies and Aree David]. Jim Evers is a workaholic and at his wife’s insistence, he agrees to take a weekend off, but not before stopping by a mansion that’s going to be put on the market for sale. The house is haunted, and the story really takes off the minute the four of them walk in the door. The events become more weird by the minute and there are some funny moments, given Eddie Murphy’s wonderful sense of humor and timing. The children are adorable, and they meet some ghosts who’ve been living in the mansion for many years.
The theatre was packed the night I saw this, and my initial thought was: “Eddie Murphy must be very bored with his life, or really needy financially to have agreed to do this movie”. Eddie Murphy’s a very funny man and has done some really good movies that people have enjoyed. This isn’t one of them. The kids in the theatre laughed at a lot of the creepy scenes, but I wouldn’t take a child to this movie, period. The images of horrific, creepy, slimy figures crawling out of caskets and crypts aren’t good eye food for children. May I encourage you to think that way regarding what we choose to put before our eyes. This is a Walt Disney production, and we’ve come to realize that Disney has given us some very good movies over the years. This isn’t one of them. It’s obvious this is fantasy, but the images were over-the-top, for young children’s viewing. Not recommended.