“A Thousand Words” is a 2012 comedy-drama that didn’t do so hot in the ratings (earning a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes). To clear the air a little I will start by saying that movie critics don’t speak for everyone, and if I went by the Rotten Tomatoes website, I would have missed out on some fantastic films! I still question how the site got so popular considering I personally think it is trash, and given the chance, I would give it a rating as low as it gives, what seems to be, most movies.
The Story: Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) is a literary agent who knows how to sweet talk anyone to get what he wants. Working with his gift of deceit, Jack does quite well for himself as we can see from his lifestyle. One night however, a special tree appears in Jack’s backyard which not only confuses him, but upsets him. He soon discovers that with every word he speaks, the tree loses a leaf, and the assumption is that when the tree runs out of leaves, Jack will die.
Evaluation: I don’t think that this was a funny film by any means, and I can understand the poor ratings (to an extent) considering this is supposed to be a comedy. However there are some things about this film to enjoy, starting with Eddie Murphy’s personality. I believe that you either like Eddie Murphy or you don’t, it’s just that simple and clear. Personally I do like him, but he does have the same type of character style in every movie he performs in, similar to that of actor Zach Galifianakis. I’m not saying their styles themselves are similar, but that they both seem to act so similar in every movie we see them in. This makes for many different characters with many similar characteristics. Summed up I am saying that Eddie Murphy is a good actor, but he isn’t, in my opinion, a pro, because of his lack of adaptation.
There were, as I have mentioned, parts that I did like, such as the relatable family conflicts, the lifestyle issues, career struggles, and the overall lesson that the movie teaches. This movie has a lot of fiction in it, but also has the right amount of reality to balance it out. This isn’t a “la la land” movie, nor is it a hard core serious, or boring motion picture that will put your kids to sleep. It has something to offer both adults and kids. And for those younger audience members, I think that there is enough humor to deem the movie not great, but acceptable.
Total Abstract Rating: 75% It isn’t filled with humor, but it does have heart and relatable emotion.
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