Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Shane Black, Warren Murphy

Composers: Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor, Patsy Kensit, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe, Steve Kahan, Mark Rolston, Jenette Goldstein, Dean Norris

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The magic is back!

Plot:  Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably.

While this is definitely a step down from the first film, it's still fun and it helps that Gibson and Glover have a great chemistry together.  Joe Pesci is a nice addition and he brings some funny moments.  The sequels get goofier as they go on but the action is always good and there's a great sense of fun, even if the writing goes downhill fast.  Now that I've re-watched the series and there's been a lot of years since I saw them last, there's enough distance between the viewings to see them in a lesser light.  They're not as good as I remembered and their weaknesses are more apparent.  Ugh.  Now I've got 3 & 4 to write about.  I've got the older Warner Bros. DVD box set (each movie is in a snap case) which has this film in non anamorphic widescreen (boo) the besides a bunch of text, the extras you get are the theatrical trailer (also non anamorphic widescreen) and a 4 minute piece on stunts and action. 

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