“Henry Joseph Chruch could have been anything he wanted. He chose to cook. The key, he said, jazz.”
Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Murphy plays the titular character of “Driving Miss Daisy” director Bruce Beresford’s upcoming melodrama film, “Mr. Church”.
Based on the life of “Son In Law” writer Susan McMartin, “Mr. Church” is set primarily in 1970s Los Angeles and it also stars Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Lincoln Melcher, and Lucy Fry. The film made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016.
The official plot for the movie is as below:
“‘Mr. Church’ tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl named Charlotte Brody (played by Britt Robertson) and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook — Henry Joseph Church (played by Eddie Murphy). What begins as a 6-month arrangement instead spans 15 years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.”
Watch the touching trailer for the movie below:
While some critics, who watched the film during festival screenings, slammed the movie for being “racist”, others applauded Murphy’s performance as the lead. To quote Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter, “Murphy delivers the sort of superb character turn that may well mark a sea change in his career”.
Although this is not the type of role “The Nutty Professor” comedian is known to play, it’s still good to see him back on the big screen as his last film was “A Thousand Words”, which was very badly received, in 2012.
“Mr. Church” is slated for release on 16th September 2016.