Post by stefancrosscoe on Jan 12, 2018 16:12:59 GMT
"He was wearing my Harvard tie. Can you believe it? My Harvard tie. Like oh, sure he went to Harvard." New York City's "favorite" filthy rich brothers Randolph (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer (Don Ameche) Duke are infamous for their competitive nature and they are always on the lookout for something new to bring to the table, and the latest pieces in their evil scheme are to involve a mouthy street smart thief (Eddie Murphy) along with a successful yet snobbish businessman (Dan Aykroyd) and then change their lives dramatically, only to see which one who comes out on top and who's not.
John Landis Trading Places is a real classic and for me, it is up there with the very best of what the 1980s had to offer when it comes to comedy and is also my all time favorite Eddie Murphy movie. A great cast with Eddie during his absolute peak, Dan Aykroyd doing the solid part as Murphy's more up-tight yet hilarious sidekick and of course then we have the goddess that is Jamie Lee Curtis in a more mature part than her usual scream queen horror material, while veterans such as Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche as the gambling addicted Duke brothers are a riot, just as Paul Gleason and Denholm Elliott are all delivering the goods and more.
For it is written: the inhabitants of the Earth have been made drunk with her blood. And I saw her sent upon a hairy beast and she held forth a golden chalice full of the filthiness of fornications. And upon her forehead was written: "Behold I am the great mother of harlots and all abominations of the Earth."
Excellent comedy; the only thing that I really didn't find funny was Gleason in the ape suit by the end. Just felt like a bad skit that snuck into the script. But as it is, Aykryod and Murphy are great together, Jamie Lee Curtis fine as hell, and the Dukes brothers were good as love-to-hate villains. 8/10.