Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Director: Tony Scott

Writers: Eddie Murphy, Robert D. Wachs, Larry Ferguson, Warren Skaaren, David Giler, Dennis Klein

Composer: Harold Faltermeyer

Starring: Eddie Murphey, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Dean Stockwell, Paul Reiser, Gilbert R. Hill, Paul Guilfoyle, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Pesce, Chris Rock, Robert Pastorelli, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Heat's Back On!

Plot: Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogamil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure, in another 20 years or so.

While it's not as good as the first film but it's got enough 80s fun to make it worth a watch.  Murphy is charismatic as hell and he's the biggest reason this picture is so likable.  Seeing Los Angeles they way they depict it in this flick is great.  It make you wish you had the dough to live out there and make a go at it.  The supporting cast is fun, too, as is the score.  Unfortunately the story feels like a rehash and a weak excuse to bring all of this greatness back together for another film.  But it's still a fun watch.  I hadn't seen this one since it came out and I'd forgotten every single thing about it.  I never did see the third one but it looks like it's got an astounding number of great character actors in it and it's directed by John Landis.  Even without that I'll probably see it eventually.  The Paramount DVD sports an anamorphic widescreen print and a few extras in the way of cast and crew interviews (22 minutes), the original behind the scenes featurette (7 minutes), a deleted scene (3 minutes), "Shakedown" music featurette (5 minutes) and the theatrical trailer (anamorphic widescreen).

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