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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…
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.
As far as I'm concerned, Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills Cop III can go take a flying leap. Beverly Hills Cop II is the jewel in this series' crown.
Sure the plot is a little flimsy, but one shouldn't expect a movie relying on Eddie Murphy to "Murph-it-up" to have a structurally-tight screenplay. This is about the '80s, and this movie is about as '80s as '80s action flicks can get - excluding Commando.
Aside from the always-fun dynamic between Murphy, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Bond villain to a T, is the real star of this show. Stunning attire, designer shades, and cold as ice, Brigitte is a true showstopper. She could have easily been a white she-devil version of May Day.
It's not as horrible as everyone makes it out to be. Chris Rock will always be horrible though
Heavier on the action aspect then comedic, it's a nice follow-up. The bluray transfer is quite good.
Beverly Hills Cop II doesn't live up to the original but manages to keep things interesting enough thanks to the charisma of Eddie Murphy and Tony Scott's direction.
A terrible and unpleasant sequel to the surprise hit from 1984.
Though it reassembles most of the cast from the original, including Eddie Murphy in the role that made him a big-screen movie star, all of the other elements that made the first one so enjoyable are gone. Director Tony Scott seems to be absolutely clueless about what made the first one so popular and fresh -- in other words, the comedy -- and instead focuses on aggressive violence and action.
The song "Shakedown" was nominated for an Academy Award, but otherwise the film doesn't even boast as good a soundtrack as the original.
Ego driven Eddie Murphy at the apex of his career, while also signaling the downward spiral that was to come. This sequel, while not as good as the original, is still entertaining as well as a fun reminder of the glorious and glossy nature of '80's action films. Definitely a product of its time.
Highly recommended if you want to see what Eddie Murphy was like in his day.
Judge Reinhold is a serial killer.
Axel Foley again. The end.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!