The Haunted Mansion

Over the past 20 years, there have been decisions made by Disney that left me perplexed, disappointed, and sometimes even perturbed.  After a disastrous run of attempting to remake classic Disney movies from the 50s and 60s, Eisner and Co. turned to theme park attractions for inspiration.  The first such experiment was a made-for-TV movie with Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst involving the Tower of Terror.  Then there was the disastrous Country Bear Jamboree.  Pirates restored my faith in Disney making a decent movie relating to one of their hallowed rides.  Then they announced The Haunted Mansion.  This is one ride that has an established story that most visitors know.

Then came the news that Eddie Murphy had been cast as the lead.  As much as I loved his early work, Murphy has been downright horrible since Coming To America.  My faith was withering away faster than a hitchhiking ghost in a graveyard.

I did see it in the theater and came away pleasantly surprised.  While not a great movie, I certainly did not hate it and was glad to see how well they stuck to the storyline.

The DVD is an average presentation, with the usual extras, but not much more.

My advice: Not a must-see, but passable if nothing is on and nothing else appeals to you from Netflix…

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