The Haunted Mansion – Edited
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.
Unlike Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean, this film based on their theme park attraction will not win any Academy Awards. However, this timeless good vs. evil tale will entertain many audiances familiar with Eddie Murphy’s wacky acting style. Their are a few intense scenes with skeletons coming out of their graves and ghosts abound everywhere which may offend the more sensable viewers and gives even the edited version a 12+ rating from Dove. I must caution viewers who are sensitive to spiritual issues as the “Spirit” of the dead “Elizibeth” enters the lifeless body of “Sarah Evers” bringing her back to life and then leaves her body to go to heaven. However, all in all, this is a film that will entertain most audience segments.