Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy vs. Hannibal Rising

by Jason of New Movie Friday on February 7, 2007

in New Movies This Friday

This week is much the same as last week at your local movie theater. We have two movies to choose from, a comedy and a suspense thriller. They are Norbit with Eddie Murphy playing just about everybody and Hannibal Rising who is killing just about everybody. They each look to have that one movie too far quality. Hannibal Rising being the forth movie in relation to The Silence of the Lambs and Norbit being the umpteenth time Eddie Murphy has played multiple roles in one film. What do you think?

New Movie Releases for February 9th:

Movie: Hannibal Rising (R)
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel and Gong Li
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Synopsis: See how a young Hannibal who witnessed his parents death as a young boy, was then forced to live in a Soviet orphanage that occupied his former home and saw unspeakable things before getting out. Hannibal seeks out his uncle in Paris and finds he is no longer but is taken in by the uncle’s widow. He then goes to medical school where he learns the tricks of his soon to be trade and takes vengeance on those who killed his family thus thrusting him into the serial killer he will become.
First Thoughts: It looks like, from the promos, they have taken a psychological thriller and turned it into a slasher flick.

Movie: Norbit (PG-13)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Norbit (Eddie Murphy) is a good-natured chap who was left to grow up in an orphanage/Chinese restaurant. He ends up having to marry Rasputia (also Murphy) the big giant woman who is the exact opposite of his childhood sweetheart who has just moved back into town. Norbit tries to figure a way out of his predicament and comedy ensues.
First Thoughts: Eddie Murphy has played multiple characters in movies before like The Nutty Professor and Coming to America. This looks like it may be one time too many. It is like Murphy and Martin Lawrence are in some type of weird multi-character portrayal duel where they both are losing.

Does either of these movies look good to you? If you had to see one of them, which one would it be?

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