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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.
Beverly Hills Cop was supposed to be a one off movie for me, but was so fantastic that I had to see the sequel. On the other side of the scale though, Beverly Hills Cop 2 did everything it could to ensure I'll never waste the time on number 3.
The plot loosely follows along the same path as the first. In 1, Axel's friend is murdered and Axel takes a vacation to California too investigate his murder. In 2, Axel's friend in California is shot, so he takes a vacation to California to investigate his shooting. In both he's greeted with resistance from the local police chief, but presses on anyway with help from 2 local cops, although they're…
Not quite enjoyable than the first one.
Doesn't quite flow with the same energy as the original but otherwise it's another sunny-looking Tony Scott movie.
6,7/10 (Tony Scott, 1987) [United States]
I think both this film and part 3 of this series both got a raw deal. With part 1 being the biggest hit of that year, 2 having an okay Box Office showing and 3 getting slaughtered when it hit theaters. Perhaps, the blame lays on Murphy himself with this film coming out the same year as Raw, but having none of the edge that Murphy's special had.
With 4 coming out hopefully in the next year or so... I hope they drop 1 thing from this franchise, which might sound sac-religious... but I really hope Judge Reinhold isn't called back. The dumbass faces he makes are probably the worst part of this franchise. The stupid face he makes at…
"You can never have too much firepower!"
If Tony Scott is the thinking man's Michael Bay, then 'Beverly Hills Cop II' is his 'Bad Boys II'. Every element is there: the glossy visuals, the timely soundtrack, the insane levels of collateral damage, and even the occasional bit of sexism ("that's a big bitch"). And I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it all immensely. Well, maybe not the occasional bit of sexism.
While it received mixed reviews from critics when it was first released, this has always been one of my favourite Tony Scott movies, and one that I consider to be equally as good as it's predecessor. There's some excellent set pieces, the comedic chemistry between the…
Although it lacks the bravado of its predecessor and the script covers familiar ground, Beverly Hills Cop II still manages to make for a worthy follow-up that retains the original's lovable characters, gut-busting humor, and fun action sequences, and director Tony Scott's trademark stylish visual flair adds a strong boost to the proceedings.
A string of bracing action set pieces with jokes and buddy cop stuff that only sort of works. It made sense when I was kid that as cops they would immediately find the correct clue that leads to the next clue and the next and finally to a vaguely foreign-accented bad man. I really like Stockwell and Nielsen and obviously this film is unimaginable w/out Eddie Murphy's talent.
I love that this film takes the absolute minimum amount of time for sentimental moments, making it abundantly clear that we are here to see people get shot at, cars crashing, and Eddie Murphy pulling clever street cop tricks. Notice the 5 seconds of screen time Ronny Cox's Bogamil gets at the very end and ask yourself if he is really why Axel was drawn back out west.
Soundtrack is still sick
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