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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.
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…
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…
I know we have a lot of youngsters here on Letterboxd so I feel the need to brief them on some things that were big in the 80's.
Yo-Yos, Shouty Police Chiefs, Big Hair, A.I.D.S...
and Eddie Murphy!
Here we have a big and brash sequel, directed by Tony Scott, from the days before Mr Murphy became a fan of transexual prostitutes or had started ruining childrens films and was still at the peak of his powers!!
If you have seen the first one...this is pretty much identical but with everything turned up to 11!
With a strangely alluring Brigitte Nielsen, a very young Chris Rock and a 'not at all' terrible cameo from Hugh Heffner and his Playboy Bunnies!
I think Judge Reinhold watches this every night before he cries himself to sleep.
For years I operated under the suspicion that this this belongs on the wall of Sneaky Great Sequels, maybe surpassing the first. Tony Scott's visual acumen and the precision to which the crime story moves makes for a tighter action picture than the first. Unfortunately, that slickness takes away from the first picture's strength: Eddie Murphy's unpredictability. If Murphy's comic vitality & bristling against snooty white Beverly Hills culture is the heartbeat of BHC 1, then here he functions as the defibrillator keeping engagement afloat. Once we settle into the Murphy/Ashton/Reinhold buddy scenarios, the picture sails. To pinpoint the difference between this and the first, look no further than Judge Reinhold dual-wielding shotguns in a duster jacket.
Let's face it though: it's Paul Reiser's world, we're just living in it.
My 2 cents: Not really funny. And for a comedy... That's bad. 1.5/5
Almost as good as the first film, great supporting cast and Murphy still firing on all cylinders.
Even though not all the jokes hit home, it's still a fu ride with Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley leading the way.
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Note to self: If you want to write reviews for all the films in your collection, maybe think about writing them closer to the time of watching...or at least take a couple of mental notes.
A satisfying, extremely funny and action-packed sequel that ranks up there with Lethal Weapon 2 in terms of fan gratification. The plot is a tad murky and the villains underwhelming (especially Jürgen Prochnow, who barely even registers as an entity), but the overall experience is well worth your time.
It's not nearly as funny as it should be and succumbs to more cop comedy clichés than its predecessor, but Beverly Hills Cop II has enough action, mystery, and Eddie Murphy charm to be worth the viewing.
1. Axel Foley pretends to be someone other than himself.
2. He finds a clue.
3. *cue popular 80's song*
4. *cue main theme*
5. Police chief shouts a lot.
6. Axel: "That's some bullshit, I'll show you."
7. *cue main theme*
Rinse and repeat!
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
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