By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Four Beers) –
Some time has passed since Axel Foley’s first trip to Beverly Hills, and since then he’s become good friends with the police detectives he worked with. When he hears of Captain Bogomil’s shooting at the hands of a gang of thieves, he boards the first plane to the Los Angeles suburb. The criminals are committing crimes based on the alphabet, and they’re wreaking havoc all over the city.
The success of Beverly Hills Cop basically guaranteed it a sequel, and they certainly went all out this time around. The story is bigger, the action is faster paced, the jokes are wilder. They also managed to bring back the entire cast from the first film (that mattered at least). Director Tony Scott was hired fresh from his massive success with Top Gun, and was surely chosen for his ability to add more of the action dynamic into the series.
Actors John Ashton and Judge Reinhold get more screen time as Taggart and Rosewood, preventing their characters from being upstaged this time around. It is a great step forward in the franchise, and a fun one. (You gotta love Rosewood’s growing interest in firearms)
The screenwriters must have struggled for months figuring out a way to bring Axel back to Beverly Hills, before just saying “Fuck It, he’s magically best friends with everyone now, REVENGE ANGLE!”. Tell me, does a streetwise Detroit Cop who grew up in the slums strike you as the kind of dude who goes on fishing trips? And Eddie Murphy is a lot of things, but I don’t see him sitting patiently waiting for a walleye to bite.
Unless this getup was standard issue for Anglers in the 80’s…
Everything seems a shade too familiar this time around. The jokes are the same we saw in the first film, and while they still elicit a chuckle or two, there is a staleness to it. Most notably with Axel’s “bullshitting” ability, which worked in small doses before, but is used far more often now. To his credit, Murphy’s talent is able to make some of these work, but only just.
Seriously… ABC crimes, is this a Dick Tracy comic? Just laziness. And Brigitte Nielsen was, well…
The 80’s definition of sexy is sort of embarrassing, in retrospect
Not essential viewing by any means, but still enough laughs to make it worth your while.
Take a Drink: whenever Axel Bullshits his way into a building/club.
Take a Drink: whenever the “Da, Da, Da, Da Da, Da Da” from the main theme kicks in.
Drink a Shot: anytime someone tells Rosewood “we need to talk”
Take a Drink (and Cringe): at the mention of the desperately cliché “ABC crimes”