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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.
i love tony scott but this is not his finest moment
ill go toe to toe with anyone who doesnt think this is a masterpiece.
Another enjoyable Beverly Hills Cop film. It could have been very bad, but it turned out to be quite decent. I liked the villian more in the first one, as well as some of the jokes. Many great characters.
The people wanted more and got more. More of the same. Funny and just as solid, but not as fresh as the first one.
Judge Reinhold had a lot of good jokes in this one, and some pretty brutal ex-wife digs also.
But our favorites was maybe the scene with his plant friends and Big Al the turtle.
Eddie Murphy gold.
More up-front sexism.
More machine guns.
Not very good sequel to the charming original.
I like the dumb contrasts between Detroit and Beverly Hills. I also like seeing Flavor Flav's future girlfriend at the height of her fame. None of the jokes are very funny and all of the procedural aspects are pretty dumb. All the clues lead to discoveries and don't question Foley, he's a maniac but there is method to what he's doing. His frequent bursting into character is tiring the first time, and just really obnoxious by the 15th.
But it's a fun feel good movie. Despite not being funny, the frequent celebrity cameos, camaraderie and confidence that this movie exudes makes it a worthwhile watch.
Like any good sequel, the action is more impressive and the seriousness of the plot is more advanced. Axel Foley is shown comforting a grieving daughter, indicative of the elevated violence as it warrants some solemnity every now and then from the endless riffing. Lotsa riffing, though. Lotsa riffing and at times it's completely deaf to other characters' input. I just thought maybe, I don't know, the riffing could be altered and involve patter every once in a while. Some variety, y'know?
okay beverly hills cop was so so so damn good but this one flopped
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!