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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!
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…
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.
Swearing, boobies, shoulder pads, synth score and Eddie Murphy. This is the basic formula for one of the greatest sequels the 80s ever produced. As iconic as this character is it's the returning supporting characters played by Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, Gil Hill and Ronny Cox that really make Axel Foley such a legend.
Lean, brisk and stylish, this sequel is near identical to the original but displays such assuredness and panache that the similarities are forgivable. Jürgen Prochnow and Brigitte Nielsen make superb villains and Tony Scott breathes a more cocksure 80s tone of excess and exuberance into the visuals. Once again, Harlod Faltermeyer's score and soundtrack permeate every aspect of this picture, once again fortifying this…
If you had a brief to make a mighty entertaining, yet cheesy as fuck, ridiculous action flick. You are only going to call Tony Scott.
Or Michael Bay..
There are certain films that we all love, and we will not here a bad word against them.
And this is mine. It's phenomenal. As good as the original, and with more of the best parts.
More free-wheelin' Eddie Murphy, and more Judge Reinhold. It is brilliantly enjoyable, and one of my personal favourites. A massive, unashameable guilty pleasure. Directed in premium 80's action-vision by Tony Scott.
Tony Scott takes over from Martin Brest (hehe..brest) in the directorial chair for Beverly Hills Cop II, which sees the action quotient and visual splendor ramped up, but not at the expense of the comedy. For me, this sequel is equally, maybe more so, as funny as the first film, with Judge Reinhold stealing the show here. Look out for an early appearance from Chris Rock too.
I must have seen this franchise countless times and yet when the words "Directed by Tony Scott" appeared during the opening credits I was actually amazed, and yet I really shouldn't have been, it's a classy looking picture with great visuals and tension building sequences crafted to perfection. It's just a shame that Beverly Hills Cop II is essentially your definitive high concept sequel; everything great about the original squeezed in and this time done bigger, the key word here is NOT bigger it's squeezed. Some of the humour has no place in the scenes, and a lot of it just feels forced so it isn't actually funny, it's at times like this that I'm always reminded of the extras…
I'm not sure whether to give this zero stars or five: the only Tony Scott film I've somehow never seen before may be the laziest, emptiest blockbuster sequel I've experienced in my life - and that list includes Speed 2 and Exorcist II: The Heretic. Everything about it is completely dead, completely lazy: the jokes aren't funny, the action scenes have no energy or excitement, the plot is uninteresting and impenetrable, and even at what was (financially, at least) the peak of his career, Murphy's shtick is already completely threadbare. In other words: it's an absolutely fascinating artifact of 1980s Hollywood.
I didn't realize this was a Tony Scott film until the end, and I don't think it's his best work. Like the first film, I wouldn't say it's bad, although it's a lot jokier than its predecessor. The action is a little more polished here, which is a plus, but the script needed more work.
Rarely feels like a real movie and is basically a less funny rehash of the first one but there are some good Tony Scott shots and the final shootout is pretty fun.
This was an all action thriller-comedy film, with somewhat wonderful story get going. Cute direction from Tony Scott.
This is a formulaic cop investigation movie, it's not that funny, and it's clunky! Tony Scott injects more action into Beverly Hills Cop II, but the story and the jokes are very messy. Axle Foley is back in Beverly Hills and this time it is to help catch the Alphabet bandits? They pursue the bad guys by car, foot, and cement truck. Every chase scene is a mess. Guns are shot off without care for civilians and nobody can drive straight. Oh, and there is the old fruit stand to get knocked over too. This is Tony Scott in all his Top Gun glory and it's just as bad.
One too many in my mind. The idea of a cop from the hood in Poshville was already past its sell by date. Seems tame and lacked anything original.
I haven't slept a wink in more than 39 hours straight (no particular reason, just kind of forgot to), so naturally what does my brain tell me is the most important thing in the world to do right now?
Watch the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy. Naturally. (Minus the third one, of course.)
And you know what? It was worth every single one of the extra 207 minutes of sleep deprivation in my life. Man, so good. Eddie Murphy is great (although his laugh is pretty weird), Judge Reinhold can have my babies, and the eighties were apparently completely awesome. Needless to say, I'm a fan.
There. Now having said that, I'm thinking I should finally go to sle... *zzzzzzzxk*
This sequel is basically the same as the first, and it's just as fun too, but seeing as it's so much like the first, I couldn't rate it higher. It could have been better. I liked it, though, and if you liked the original this one's fun too.
It felt a lot longer than it should be.
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