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Beverly Hills Cop III
In for the ride of his life!
Detroit cop Axel Foley is back in sunny Southern California in the third installment of the comedic fish-out-of-water Beverly Hills Cop series. On the trail of two murderers, Axel again teams up with Los Angeles cop Billy Rosewood. Soon, they discover that an amusement park is being used as a front for a massive counterfeiting ring -- and it's run by the same gang that shot Billy's boss.
According to John Landis, who re-teamed with Eddie Murphy in directing Beverly Hills Cop 3, most people on the picture knew the script was weak but he was convinced that with Murphy on form as displaced, maverick Detroit cop Axel Foley, they would make it funny by default, as he believed had been the case with the first, well loved movie a decade earlier. What he was surprised to find, on filming, was Murphy keen to dodge almost every opportunity to be funny, bring out the smart mouth of Axel, with Murphy claiming age had matured the character to the point he wouldn't pull the same kind of tricks. Co-star Bronson Pinchot, who appears as the ultra camp Serge after…
While it lacks the sparkle and entertainment value of the first two chapters in the series, "Beverly Hills Cop III" is a watchable, sometimes pleasing follow-up. The three-quel needlessly shrugs off the formula that made the prior two films so effective, but it is an undeniable pleasure to see Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley in action once again.
John Landis takes over the franchise in an action/comedy that finds Murphy's Foley returning to California to investigate another crime. The plot, here, involves a theme park and crooked security agents. The narrative is not too involving, but it does its job. There are shoot-outs and laughs, but nothing ever crackles like it did in the first films.
This third chapter also finds…
WARNING: What you are about to read is a huge mess. My brain melted a little bit with this one and I'm in the process of putting it back together.
This was not a planned viewing. Let's get that right out of the way immediately. My last two reviews kind of wore me out and I needed something mindless and silly for the interim. My relationship with the Beverly Hills Cop franchise goes like this: The first film is one of my favorite movies. It was a total surprise- an instant favorite straight out of the blue. It was also the first movie that helped me discover my inexplainable love for 80's Eddie Murphy films. The second film wasn't great,…
Todd: Axel, you on a coffee break? Go get that son of a bitch.
Beverly hills cop probably should have ended after the first, this franchise keeps using the same jokes, same plot and even though the characters are good there always the same, the franchise won't even change it up a bit, even though Eddie Murphy is great the film's just a repeat of the last two predecessors.
Just as narratively useless as Tony Scott's COP II but wildly understylized in comparison, this is so demonstrably a John Landis picture. Economically photographed, casual, packed with pointless cameos and vaudeville-level gags, steeped in nostalgic showbiz arcana, and completely self-aware. What it isn't is even remotely exciting. The aforementioned economy would have been completely alien to the action genre by 1994, and so this is the least visceral cop movie imaginable. What's more it almost completely lacks Axel Foley shtick, which is pretty much the only thing you're here to see. I'd be willing to bet that that this made it through the system at all only due to sheer laziness and contractual obligation on the part of all involved, but on the other hand that seems to negate its intrinsic weirdness.
Judge Reinhold's eye-acting reaches new heights as Eddie Murphy sleepwalks through this truly awful in every way shit movie.
This movie is considered the worst if the series and probably because they dragged their feet in making this. It was 7 years after 2 and the fake Disney Land seems to be the focus more then Axel Foley. Also, how often can a friend of his get murdered in Hollywood before he starts to tell his friends not to travel there. The bits, music theme and Eddie himself just feel old in this. It isn't a new direction, but instead just another retelling of this tale. By this point you'd think BHPD would just hire him and get this all on the books. Some of the action sequences are pretty interesting though, fairly unbelievable. Yea, just jumping around a…
Hopelessly generic, tonally confused, and just plain dull, Beverly Hills Cop III is without question the black sheep of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, and considering the genuine talent both in front of and behind the camera, it has no excuse to be as bad as it is.
Axel seems to be a lot less of BS artist in this one and an even worse cop. He is more of a vigilante with a badge and a grudge to settle. He breaks so many laws in pursuit of the man that killed his police chief that there is no way he wouldn't spend some time in jail. So much of this film takes place in Wonder World that I'm curious as to how much was added to the existing theme park.
Fun Fact: George Lucas has a cameo in this movie.
The third and as of right now the final entry in the Beverly Hills Cop series has Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) returning to Beverly Hills, California in search of a gang of counterfeiters who are responsible for the death of his boss Inspector Todd (Gil HIll). Once again teaming up with detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) the investigation leads them to Wonder World, a Disney Land style theme park.
John Landis takes over as director this time around having worked with Murphy on Coming to America and Trading Places. And his direction is really dull and lacking any form of spark. Murphy and Reinhold look so disinterested throughout and it really feels like they're not trying in the slightest.
Third sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop series is a decent entry, but it doesn’t offer anything new or refreshing to make it a memorable film going experience. Here, it’s clear that they were starting to run out of ideas, and there are things in the film that simply don’t work. This one is decent at best, but it leaves too many unfinished ideas to be unrealized and the feel of the film is quite tiresome. There some good humorous bits here and there, but it’s not enough to live up to the first two films. I liked the film for what it was, but it didn’t stand out either. For a conclusion to a trilogy, it’s pretty basic and…
Oaky but not as good as the first two. And I can't really put my finger on why its not as good. It just doesn't feel like a Beverly Hills cop film. Maybe its because the first two were so very 80s and this one isn't. Some good action and comedy with an okay story.
Over the Top Cop III: The One with the Rejected Scooby-Doo Plot, Featuring a Random George Lucas Cameo and Two Assholes from The X-Files.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…