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Beverly Hills Cop II
The Heat's Back On!
Axel Foley is back and as funny as ever in this fast-paced sequel to the original smash hit. This time, the Detroit cop heads for the land of sunshine and palm trees to find out who shot police Captain Andrew Bogomil. Thanks to a couple of old friends, Axel's investigation uncovers a series of robberies masterminded by a heartless weapons kingpin, and the chase is on!
One of the most ego-driven, indifferently-produced films in the history of the medium and a stunning artifact of its time, both of which are indicated in its first few minutes by A) Brigitte Nielsen; B) a shot of Eddie Murphy in a Speedo with his production company credit directly over his dick, and C) Axel Foley being totally awesome driving a $67,000 Italian luxury sportscar through Detroit Motor City. Generally plotless, obnoxious with violence, frequently offensive, and packed with wildly stupid shtick absolutely nobody would fall for, it contains the foundational DNA of future masterpiece BAD BOYS II. I adore this movie.
Eddie Murphy's iconic Axel Foley returns to California in "Beverly Hills Cop II," a sequel that retains the entertaining spirit of the original and increases the style and action. The film is essentially a beat-for-comic-beat retread of its predecessor, but developing character arcs and the film's sense of fun keep things fresh.
Taking the reigns from the original film's director, Martin Brest, Tony Scott delivers a comedy with a slick visual polish, more sex appeal, and stronger action beats. The story finds Foley investigating another series of crimes in Beverly Hills, and, while the raucous laughter of the original is more subdued here, the sequel feels more substantial under Scott's control.
As with the first film, the caper at hand…
Loud over the top and straight up silly, sounds like a Eddie Murphy movie to me. This movie was directed by tony Scott and to be honest I am a bit shocked that he did this movie, because the camera is still.
Following the success of the first Beverly Hills Cop, a film that put Eddie Murphy on the map as one of the major cinematic comedy talents in Hollywood, the intention was to follow it up with a TV show carrying on the fish out of water investigations by smart mouthed Detroit cop Axel Foley, but Murphy swiftly put the kibosh on slumming it on the box; he also equally rejected ideas to set the sequel in London & Paris, not wanting to film outside the U.S., and interestingly enough in doing so retained the Beverly Hills setting that marks this trilogy out - had Axel been transplanted to Europe, no doubt making the sequel more of a culture clash piece akin…
Eddie Murphy (he doesn't look Irish at all by the way) has had a long career in movies. LB has him listed as starring in 58 productions (38 films) since his debut in 48 Hrs back in 1982, but how many of them have actually been any good? Everyone will have their own opinion of course but I reckon it's in single figures with Beverly Hills Cop and Trading Places leading the way. The voice work in the Shrek films aside his purple patch was back in the eighties and this second run out for his most iconic character Axel Foley again showed his comedic side in Tony Scott's decent action/comedy.
Eddie Murphy's first bow as foul-mouthed Detroit detective Axel…
Axel Foley: Are you driving with your eyes open? Or are you, like, using "the force".
Nothing special but watchable while it lasts, Beverly hills cop ii still has the likeable characters that made the first one so great even though it's repeating the same jokes.
An LA businessman stages robberies of his own businesses so he can use the stolen cash and the insurance payouts to buy guns, then sell them at a 1000% markup to South American rebels. I know this because Axel Foley was kind enough to explain it in the car on the way to the climactic shootout, almost as if he knew the movie was about the end and the main villain still hadn't been given a credible motivation.
On the plus side: Playmates.
For me, this is an iconic 80s action movie. I love the aesthetic Scott and Kimball brought to it. It ramps up the action, just as you'd expect, and keeps the comedy and silliness of the characters intact. It's on par with the original for personal enjoyment. Which is unusual because the plot and overall story are complete nonsense and often hard to follow. It just goes to show how much we'll let slide when we have characters we love.
Feel like this made a lot more sense and was a lot funnier in the 80s*.
(*And early 90s when I repeatedly viewed it.)
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It's entertaining to be sure, but it doesn't capture the magic of the first Beverly Hills cop or what made it such a success. The script isn't as good, the direction isn't as solid and it kind of feels like it was made for money. Still, it's not bad, has entertainment and Eddie still kills it as Axel Foley. If you like the first, you'll get some enjoyment out of it. If you didn't, don't bother.
I liked it a lot
Good movie to watch with a hangover. Solid sequel too.
"Where the fuck you been, Foley? And what the fuck is this?"
Funny and with an actual heist plot that's easy to follow and makes sense
"My stories are pretty simplistic, but the characters are always complex and always right, and that comes from the script…