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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.
Possibly better than the first movie. So much fun.
Narratively its about as interesting as two-part television crime procedural, nothing special but shot well and attention grabbing but as a comedy its merely content to play off Eddie Murphy’s apparent charm, existing as a vehicle for a particularly indistinct and unfunny brand of humour which mostly consists of fast-talking, imitations and pointlessly laughing at things. So many moments throughout are nothing but references that feel like lazy retreads of the first film but worst of all is a casual but irritating misogynist streak that crops up more than half a dozen times throughout.
Shots, arms and a great dane.
Weirdly better than Beverly Hills cop 1 in every way but still not as good, even i don't understand my own logic. More slicker, bigger in scope, it's almost a enhanced remake of the first film with several scenes revisited and more depth to the supporting characters.
But, the ending feels meh and the criminals have over elaborated plans, the soundtrack is also marginally less good, its more dark late 80's than fun early 80's.
Just as unfunny, self-satisfied, lethargic, cliched, and overindulgent as the first one, but it's more laid back, and I was in a generous mood when I watched it. It doesn't try as hard to be funny as the first one, although Murphy does go overboard with the impressions (the movie could be misinterpreted as an "SNL" audition tape, or a remake of "Fletch", given the endless scenes of Murphy pretending to be someone else (in an ostentatious way) in order to gather more clues. I should say that it's worse than the 1984 original since it's basically just a louder remake of it (like most sequels), shamelessly retelling all the same jokes and motifs ad nauseum. But as trash, it's watchable, and less annoying than part 1
Film #14 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #14: A buddy cop film!
It is sometimes hard to remember in this day and age, that Eddie Murphy could be very funny. This movie builds on the decent foundation of the first in the series, and provides laughs and well directed action in much more even dollops than previously, as Tony Scott brings from him, all these things which he does effectively.
The movie is a real characteristic movie of the 1980s from Brigitte Nielsen as the main villain, to the soundtrack, the references which range from Charles Bronson to Sly Stallone. There are some well put together set pieces of both the action and comic…
Looks like it was made ten years before #1. Also looks like TV shows few still make, thinking they look really cool and hip. Can't wait to see #3. My favorite sick movie of all times (almost).
2,5 stars cause I'm not gonna rate it lower than #1.
Quality sequel, Murphy is great. A bit over the top at times, but seems to be in on the joke (Judge Reinhold "rambo" mode). Gilbert Gottfried and Chris Rock with small roles. Typical 80's style euro villains (Jurgen Prochnow, Brigitte Nielsen).
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.