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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.
Not really a bad film, but not really a good one either. The best description I can muster is; it started, it played out and it ended.
It was like an old friend calling round, but he's not in the mood to tell you his usual amusing anecdotes and when you offer him a cup of tea, he says he doesn't like to cause a fuss and leaves.
Eddie Murphy brings a certain charm to proceedings but this is a case of diminished returns. The script has no concern for Axel Foley’s character - it simply thinks it’s enough to have Eddie Murphy make the odd wisecrack. He was never the most complex of characters but aside from the odd moment when his temper got the better of him, his whole thing was he played it cool and got others to lose their head.
In this he starts by getting his boss killed, and then precedes to repeatedly lunge angrily at a calm bad guy to absolutely no effect - he is a terrible terrible detective. The plot isn't too bad but there's just not enough going on…
Almost hypnotically bad, like a car crash you can't look away from - just a big shame after the first two efforts. Action has displaced charm and character comedy, but the action is so poorly conceived, directed and edited that this sequel seems more dated than the original, a decade before. The only good stuntwork - on the spider ride - is wasted by atrocious lensing and editing. The amusement park setting is ripe with action potential, yet squandered by dull 80s gunplay excess. Compared to Brest and Scott, Landis has no energy or inventiveness in concept or camera moves. Murphy, Reinhold and especially Pinchot as Serge have their moments, but it's clear the party is over with this dud…
Big drop off from part 2 to part 3. The 90s were not kind to Axl Foley and his shtick. Other than some excellent stunt work on a ride at the theme park (clearly not performed by Eddie Murphy, but whatever), this is basically crap.
More Axel, with added photocopies and Dinosaurs!!
We wanna wander wonder world.
Murphy does best with what he got, however it is by far the weakest in trilogy. Mix of action violence and family affair in a park never really gels. Judge Reinhold is too much of a parody and it represents the overall indecisiveness of the movie what it whants to be edgy action or safe family fun
I only like this cause of Eddie... A lack lustre Eddie at that.
What a strange film. It's not as outright terrible as I had heard. It's just kind of boring. The energy flags throughout. Was Eddie Murphy on a shitload of Ambien while shooting this? The Axel Foley shtick is almost completely gone in this one; not once does he use his smooth-talking charms to get what he wants. He kind of just...walks in, and is there. And he's very dour when he does so.
At the end of the movie Eddie guns down all the badguys and he just slumps down and sits there bleeding and he looks so sad...you kind of expect him to have a monologue about how hollow revenge is and then commit suicide on the spot.
I read on Wikipedia that Eddie was super depressed when he was shooting this. I hope he's feeling better.
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